President Muhammadu Buhari says the public service remains the engine room of government, and should attract the best and brightest that will fuel policies with fresh ideas.
President Buhari stated this while interacting with the Central Working Committee of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) at the State House today in Abuja.
The President said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will submit the harmonized white paper once it has been concluded.
He assured that the Orosanye White Paper Report will be implemented, after review.
On request for salary review for civil servants by the committee, the President acknowledged the urgent need for a general salary review in the Federal Public Service due to worldwide problems of high inflation amidst general economic disruption.
Further, he explained that investment in security assets had been at a huge cost, after several decades of negligence.
Buhari also expressed unshaken confidence in the Nigerian Armed forces.
President Buhari advised the Central Working Committee of ASCSN that the request for restoration of the cost of gratuity to public service workers was one of many landmark provisions addressed within the 2004 Pension Reform Act.
In his remarks, the President of ASCSN, Dr Tommy Okon, called for an increase in salaries of civil servants, following increasing cost of living, restoring full payment of gratuity at retirement.