At least 82 talented young men and women from the Financial Management Training Program (FMTP) were over the weekend admitted into the Liberian Civil Service Agency (CSA) following a two-year intensive mentoring program.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, rated the FMTP as an institution that has never lost its rigor (care) by remaining true to its original vision and objectives in preparing talented college graduates to meet the diverse challenges of the Liberian workforce.
Based on the numerous challenges, Minister Ngafuan called for the expansion of the programs across the public sector; not only in government ministries, but also in other state-owned enterprises.
“As someone who has associated very closely with this program, especially in my capacity as a Former Minister of Finance, I can assure you that as I did before in my capacity as Minister of Finance, I will continue to champion the interest of this laudable capacity,” Minister Ngafuan assured.
According to him, capacity development must therefore continue to occupy a central role in our national development efforts.
He said, it was not entirely surprising therefore that when the performance of the erstwhile Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) aimed at lifting Liberians from the deep abyss of poverty, the lack of adequate capacity stood out clearly as a binding constraint to the achievement of the goals and aspirations summarized in the PRS.
Therefore, he observed that to lift Liberia and Liberians and to transform the economy into the middle income country which Liberians envision by 2030; we must build the capacity of our people to deliver the services that the new Liberia will require.
Speaking earlier, the director of the FMTP, Mr. Aagon F. Tingba, who gave the overview, said the FMTP and Intensive Procurement Training Program (IPTP), established in 2006 and 2011, respectively, were enhanced by the collaboration of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Public Procurement and Concession Commissions (PPCC) and the University of Liberia (UL) with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to sharpen trainee skills of graduates in the country.
Mr. Tingba said the program was founded to buttress the Government’s activities, especially when it comes to institutional and capacity building as well as strengthening Public Financial Management (PFM) to enhance the capacity of civil service.
Since its inception, Mr. Tingba said the program has permanently placed 111 MBAs and 54 Procurement specialists into various government ministries and agencies and they are providing “meaningful contributions to the rebuilding of the economy.”
Inducting the young men and women into the CSA, the Deputy Director General of the CSA, Othello K. Weh urged the graduates to perform well on the job.
Mr. Weh told the graduates that they have now been incorporated into the CSA as full decision makers and asked them to do their best.