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FCTA'll invest massively in staff capacity building this year — Adesola
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July, 2021 | By Tony Odey | ||

As part of efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness of staff of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for optimal service delivery to residents of FCT and Nigerians in general, Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr. Olusade Adesola disclosed that the Administration is investing heavily in development of its personnel, beginning from third quarter of this year.

The Permanent Secretary made the revelation recently when the 57th president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mrs. Comfort Eyitayo and her delegation paid him a courtesy call. According to Mr. Adesola, the Nigerian Civil Service which is the engine room of government has undergone a paradigm shift from what it used to be to a digitally driven one run by highly intelligent and reputable officers.

Mr. Adesola therefore canvassed the need to lubricate the system for sustainability of the proficient Civil Service through constant upscaling of skills and capacity of officers. He said: "The Civil Service is no longer what it used to be. Today, when some people come around, they ask 'civil servants, you are proficient in computer like this?' Today, we are building a Civil Service that is run by persons of repute, who know what it takes to run the Administration.

He added: "Just as you know, the Civil Service is the engine room of government and if the engine is faulty, the whole system cannot function well. ''So you must support the engine to keep it well lubricated so that its operation can be effective and efficient. Therefore, we have to upscale our skills periodically and that is why we are investing heavily this year in the development of our personnel."

The Permanent Secretary further disclosed that to ensure that the trainings given to staff add value to the system, the Administration will prioritize partnership with some established government agencies and non-governmental organizations such as Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Centre for Management Development (CMD), Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), ICAN, among others.

On the proposed ICAN International Convention Centre in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary remarked that having such centre in the nation's capital city has the capacity to boost the tourism potentials of the Territory and the country at large, aside galvanizing other major developments to the country. The Permanent Secretary assured the ICAN president that FCTA and the Institute will continue to deepen their relationship for mutual benefit of the organizations.

Earlier, Mrs. Eyitayo told the Permanent Secretary that the essence of the visit was to introduce herself as the new president of the Institute and also to pledge the Institute's commitment to work closely with FCTA for the symbiotic benefit of both organizations. Mrs. Eyitayo thanked the Permanent Secretary for working with the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu to ensure prudent management of the Administration's resources. The ICAN president further reminded the Permanent Secretary of ICAN's earlier request for allocation of 30 hectares of land in Abuja to build its International Convention Centre.

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