In a groundbreaking move, Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack, recently redeployed as the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, has vowed to champion a culture of excellence and meritocracy during her tenure. The approval of her redeployment by President Bola Tinubu signals a new era for the ministry under her leadership.
Addressing the ministry staff upon officially assuming her duties, Mrs. Walson-Jack emphasized the importance of upholding principles such as truth, honesty, fairness, and justice in all operational activities. As the appointed leader and Chief Accounting Officer, she pledged to consistently uphold these values and ensure fair treatment for all staff members.
In alignment with the ministry’s Strategic Plan, Mrs. Walson-Jack outlined six priority areas, including the acceleration of capacity building and talent management, institutionalization of the Performance Management System, improvement of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, institutionalization of innovation in the public service, digitalization, and staff welfare.
Mrs. Walson-Jack announced plans to establish a robust performance-driven Rewards and Recognition System to encourage a culture of excellence and meritocracy. This system aims to motivate staff and recognize outstanding work and commendable service. The implementation of this system will precede its broader application across the public service, as planned by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF).
Mrs. Walson-Jack was warmly received at the ministry’s headquarters by Alh. Zubairu Abdullahi, the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary (DOOPS), and other directors. She expressed her commitment to improving the quality of public service delivery and contributing to the country’s progressive development.