Bola Tinubu’s Appointment: Prof. Tunji Olaopa Takes Charge as Chairman of Federal Civil Service Commission
President Bola Tinubu, the Jagaban of Nigerian politics, has appointed Professor Tunji Olaopa as the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission. Because hey, what’s politics without a little shuffle of the personnel deck?
“I am confident that Prof. Olaopa, with his wealth of experience and profound knowledge in public sector reforms, will bring about a transformative change in the Federal Civil Service,” Tinubu noted during the announcement.
For those who might not be in the loop – fear not, we’ve got you covered! A brief rundown of Professor Olaopa’s decorated career is in order.
- Firstly, let it be known that this is not his first rodeo. He’s a seasoned public servant who has spent a significant part of his life servicing the public – hence, public servant. This isn’t rocket science, people!
- Secondly, he’s a respected scholar and professor – yes, those letters before his name aren’t just for show. Olaopa has established himself as a formidable force in the world of academia, specializing in Administrative Reforms, Institutional Studies, and Public Sector Reforms. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone better suited!
- Thirdly, he’s an author. That’s right – Professor Olaopa has put his brain to paper and authored several books on public administration and civil service. Eat your heart out, Jane Austen!
With his track record, it clear that his appointment is not just another “politics as usual” move. No, siree. This is a strategic power play aimed at uplifting and advancing the Federal Civil Service. Let’s see what Prof. Olaopa has up his scholarly sleeve.
just a piece of office furniture – it’s a step towards reshaping Nigeria’s civil service framework. This is all part of Tinubu’s grand plan, lovingly dubbed the “Renewed Hope Agenda”.
Now, before Olaopa starts decorating his new office, the Nigerian Senate has to give him a thumbs-up. Good ol’ Section 154 of the Nigerian Constitution (1999, Given a little tweak since then) allows the president to appoint FCSC’s head-honcho and crew. So basically, it seems we’re all set for a shake-up.
The newly appointed Chairman, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, is set to lead the commission, while the other members include Dr. Daudu Ibrahim Jalo, representing Adamawa | Gombe/Taraba; Ms. Gekpe Grace Isu, representing Akwa Ibom | Cross River; Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, representing Anambra | Ebonyi | Enugu; and Mr. Rufus Godwins, representing Rivers | Delta | Bayelsa. The rest of the appointees are Dr. Adamu Hussein (Niger | FCT), Mr. Aminu Nabegu (Jigawa | Kano), Ms. Hindatu Abdullahi (Kaduna | Katsina), Mr. Shehu Aliyu (Kebbi | Sokoto | Zamfara), Ms. Odekunle Rukiyat Aduke (Kogi | Kwara), Mr. Jide Jimoh (Lagos | Ogun), and Dr. Festus Oyebade (Osun | Oyo).
The statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, indicates that the new FCSC leadership is expected to commence work from November 30, 2023, coinciding with the expiration of the current Federal Civil Service Commission Chairman and membership’s tenure on November 29, 2023.
President Tinubu has high expectations for the new FCSC leadership, as they are tasked with the critical mission of facilitating the transformation, reorientation, and digitization of the Federal Bureaucracy. The goal is to foster an environment that enables growth and increased private sector participation in the development of the Nigerian economy.
This development is a significant step towards reinvigorating and modernizing the Nigerian civil service, with an emphasis on enhancing efficiency and fostering private sector collaboration to drive economic growth. It aligns with President Tinubu’s commitment to the “Renewed Hope Agenda,” which seeks to revitalize various sectors of the Nigerian economy.