The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, has revealed that some directors are not familiar with the use of digital technology.
The HOS disclosed that some officials complained about computer-based tests because they were unable to operate computers.
According to her, “If the permanent secretaries who are supposed to lead the digitisation process don’t know how to operate computers, how can we not say that the public service is confused.
“How are they going to lead by example? That is the first thing”, she quipped.
Responding to the controversy surrounding the examination and appointment of the officials, Yemi-Esan, in a chat with reporters in Abuja, maintained that their selection and appointments were strictly based on merit.
She said there were no malpractices as alleged in some quarters, adding that “there are no preferred candidates”, as all Permanent Secretaries face rigorous processes before appointment.
The Head of Service said her office set questions one day to the examinations without the candidates or examiners’ knowledge.
On the non-application of civil service rules by some Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Yemi-Esan urged any one affected to send a petition to her office.
“We don’t know the details of what is happening in parastatals and agencies except our attention is called to it”, she said.