Abuja - Permanent Secretaries have been warned that they would be held responsible and liable for failure to provide the required leadership, control and direction in their respective ministries.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the warning while swearing in new Permanent Secretaries in Abuja on Thursday.
He said his administration would not condone any excesses, incompetence, indifference or corrupt practices in the civil service.
The president, therefore, advised them to always guard against frequent complaints of the intolerable levels of incompetence, indifference or even suspected sabotage by some of the top echelon of the civil service.
"Even where Permanent Secretaries, in some instances, are exempted from these accusations, they are still responsible and liable for failing to provide the required leadership, control and direction.
"This administration will not condone any excesses, indifference, incompetence, and corrupt practices in any form.
"Permanent secretaries are therefore advised to note these words of caution and disseminate them to all civil servants accordingly," he said.
Buhari said civil servants must first understand and accept the “change mantra” of this administration if Nigeria has to realize its full potentials for greatness.
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He assured that his administration would continue to give all the necessary support, protection and encouragement to the civil service to do its work.
"I am sure the permanent secretaries and all other civil servants appreciate the fact that I have always considered the civil service as an indispensable reservoir of experience, expertise and loyalty.
"I, therefore, consider the service as a dependable ally in my quest to change this country for the better
"I have great faith in the ability and quality of the Nigerian civil service to provide stability and the desired change.
"This administration and the civil Service can thus develop a constructive partnership in charting a course for the change that Nigerians are looking forward to," he added.
Sixteen out of the eighteen newly appointed permanent secretaries were sworn in by the president.
They are Ayotunde Adesugba, Taiwo Abidogun, Dr Bukar Hassan, Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa, Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa, Bassey Apkanyung, Louis Edozien and Dr Ugo Roy.
Others are Wakama Belema Asifieka, Jalal Arabi, Sabiu Zakari, Obiageli Nwokedi, Aminu Nabegu, Alo Nwankwo, Dr Shehu Ahmed and Ogbonnaya Kalu.
Bamgbose Oladele and Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, who are out of the country, would take their oath of office at a later date.