The Diplomatic Corps in Nigeria has commended the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for its new mandatory assessment and leadership programs for Nigerian public servants.
Liberian Ambassador Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, who spoke on behalf of the Dean and members of the Diplomatic Corps, commended the Nigerian Government for the landmark initiatives.
A dispatch from the Abuja said during the program held in the State House Conference Center on Monday, September 7, Ambassador Conteh emphasized that it was indeed strategic and commendable that such innovative programs were being launched at the onset of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Indeed, an effective implementation of this continuing education strategy would enable members of the civil service to better perform their duties, solve development problems, set and achieve goals,” the Liberian Ambassador stated.
Speaking on behalf President Buhari, Nigeria’s Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, officially launched the Capacity Building Programs for Public Servants. He noted that public service must go along with efficiency, productivity and discipline.
Earlier, the head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, named the new initiatives as the Structured Mandatory Assessment-based Training Program (SMAT-P) and the Leadership Enhancement and Development Program (LEAD-P). He said the overall objective of these programs is to address the twin challenges of capacity and leadership deficits in the Nigerian Public Service in order to ensure that civil servants deliver on national development goals.
SMAT-P, the Head of the Civil Service narrated, is an initiative designed to build the skills and knowledge of Public Servants, while LEAD-P is aimed at developing a crop of ethical, dependable and competent leaders who will provide leadership, and deliver results and lead the Service to perform excellently.
“We are conscious of the fact that the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria, like many other civil services around the world, is the entity that implements the policies and programs of the Federal Government”, he noted.
Also speaking, the representative of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) stressed that civil service reform never stops for it must catch up with the changing world.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Federal Permanent Secretaries and other high level Nigerian government officials participated in the ceremony. Also attending were members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of various state governments from across Nigeria and international partners.