Civil servants lack skills to drive Nigeria’s economy, says Oyo-Ita
By Adekunle Adebayo, Abuja
Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) said on Monday that federal government workers in various ministries in the country lacked the requisite knowledge and skills to perform their jobs and other tasks given to them.
Mrs Oyo-Ita, who stated this in Abuja while launching the redesigned training modules on Structured Mandatory Assessment Training (SMAT) and Leadership Enhancement Advancement Programme, (LEAP) and induction, lamented that despite series of training modules handed over to workers during trainings organised for them, they still perform below expectations.
According to her, training modules are filled with contents that are mere routine and academic as they were not based on the real work place requirements.
She said, “Over the years, the absence of structured and targeted training programmes for civil servants has been a major challenge to the Federal Civil Service.
“Training activities across the MDAs have hitherto been carried out haphazardly without considering the actual competencies lacking in the Service. This approach has exacerbated the knowledge and skills gap in the Service.
“Despite the series of training programmes going on across the service, civil servants still lack the requisite knowledge and skills required for their jobs. In most cases, training modules are filled with contents that are mere routine and academic as they were not based on the real work place requirements,” she said.
Mrs Oyo-Ita maintained that there is no going back on Federal Government’s plan to transform civil service in Nigeria, adding that such organisational transformation move prompted Head of Service to launch 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy Implementation Plan (FCSSIP-2020) few years back.
She said, “As you may recall, we launched the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy Implementation Plan (FCSSIP-2020) indicating a commitment to organizational transformation, with a vision to build a modern Public Service organization that provides world class service for Sustainable National Development.
“It also envisioned a change in behavior from bureaucratic red-tapism to an entrepreneurial result-oriented and innovative Public Service among other goals.
“The FCSSlP-2020 was approved by the FEC to support the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of Federal Government in the area of Civil Service transformation,” adding that government had earlier conducted a service-wide Training Needs Assessment (TNA).
The civil servants’ boss added, “The FCSSIP-2020 addresses the challenge of untargeted trainings facing the service. The focus of the plan is to ascertain the obvious knowledge and skill gaps in the Civil Service and design relevant training contents to fill them.
“ln-line with that vision. A service-wide Training Needs Assessment (TNA) was conducted as the initial step towards the redesign and re-launch of the existing three core modules on SMAT-P. LEAD-P and Induction.”
Also speaking, Permanent Secretary, Services, Policies and Strategies, Office of the Head of the Service of the Federation, Dr. Ajani Magdalene said the training would help professionalise the federal civil service for optimum delivery.
Participants were drawn from the junior, intermediate and advanced cadre and is expected to continue till the end of 2020.