LIPA Mandate Undermined

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The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) Mr. Oblayon Nyemah has accused some government Ministries and Agencies of usurping the functions of his institution.

According to Mr. Nyemah, some Ministries, Agencies and Commissions often embark on self-training and assume the role of training their own staff contrary to the national policy of LIPA.

Speaking over the weekend at programs marking the close of the first training cycle in 2015 of government workers by his institution at its offices in Mamba Point, Monrovia, Mr. Nyemah pointed out that too often, donor support for training is directed in disconnected ways such that everyone is a trainer and everyone has a trainee.

He intimated that this attitude is adversely affecting LIPA’s mandate and stressed the need for all national training programs to be synchronized for the greater good of the country.

The LIPA boss emphasized that the potential danger that disjointed trainings pose to national development initiatives is that it undermines the integrity of LIPA’s mandate especially when the prerequisite of the nation’s Public Administration rests upon LIPA.

Mr. Nyemah said, “We have emphasized over time that trainings across Ministries, Agencies and Commissions must be a collaborative effort to the extent that LIPA is left alone to perform its statutory mandate.

“We must be the ones to sanction such trainings with the appropriate accreditation. When other institutions provide trainings, as good as they may appear, they fall below the scope of recognition that a LIPA certified training would otherwise provide because LIPA operates within the perimeters of a comity of Management Development Institutions and by that authority its trainings are internationally acclaimed and accepted by fellow MDIs.”

LIPA Boss declared: “Let me say without apology that the more we realize this, the more we will strengthen our Management Development Institution to attract the kind of respect it deserves from our international counterparts.

“Besides, it is my plea once again to call on the Government that the minimal percentage of 2 percent of the personnel cost of Ministries, Agencies and Commissions of Government be given to LIPA to conduct In-service trainings for Public/Civil Servants to enhance the quality of public service delivery.”

Turning to the 54 graduates, Mr. Nyemah encouraged them to go out and proudly serve as torchbearers of the institute by exhibiting attributes that reflect the quality of training they received.

He further urged them to use their certificates as tools to make their work better, adding that training will always be relevant to their work to increase productivity.

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