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The Buhari Administration has stopped using the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER), as a tool for assessing civil servants. The government has now adopted the Performance Management System (PMS) as its new evaluation tool.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan said this on Monday in Abuja during the launch of a three-day workshop on Service-Wide Training.

She said the PMS will create a digitally-driven culture of performance management in the civil service. Permanent secretaries, selected federal public servants from ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and other stakeholders were participants at the training.

The training was organised in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM).

Yemi-Esan said her office had been working with its development partners, to implement flagship programmes and policy initiatives to evolve a competent workforce in the country.

She said that the training was aimed at acquainting participants with the requisite knowledge and skills in job objectives, setting, performance appraisal and reward system.

All these, according to her, are vital parts of the PMS that will eventually replace the APER currently being used.

“In 2016, the Harvard Business Review reported a rising performance management revolution. It stated that traditional performance appraisals had been abandoned by more than a third of US companies,’’ she said.

The Vice-President of CIPM, Mrs Titi Akinsanya, said the partnership between CIPM and the office of the HOCSF was borne out of the desire to achieve the objectives of a better civil service in the country.

She emphasised that the CIPM initiative was about the total transformation of the federal civil service.

“PMS is about making yourself accountable to what you have to deliver on a day-to-day basis, to ensure that you succeed, your team succeeds and the entire federal service system succeeds,” Akinsanya said.

The Permanent Secretary in the office of the HOCSF, Mr Mammam Mahmuda, said that the objectives of PMS is to strengthen civil servants to be more responsible and accountable in the discharge of their duties.

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