By: Wisdom Acka
In order to enhance performance of its workforce and reposition it for improved service delivery, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced training of 2,000 of its 33,000 staffers.
Director, FCTA Department of Human Resource Management, Mallam Bashir Muhammad made this disclosure while declaring open the five-day workshop at the Department’s Training Centre in Duboyi District, Abuja.
Commending the leadership of the FCT Administration for approving the exercise, Muhammad noted that such exercise would equip the staff with the rudiments of Civil Service, financial regulations, work ethics and procurement processes, enabling them work more efficiently and effectively.
He said: “I commend the leadership qualities of the FCT Minister, Minister of State and the Permanent Secretary for their desire to develop staff capacity to add value to the FCT Administration. This no doubt will assist staff achieve the target given FCTA by President Muhammadu Buhari for the development of the FCT.”
His words: “We all came into the Service based on the rules and regulations, we operate within the rules and we will exit according to the rules. So we need to be conversant with the provisions in the Public Service Rules”.
According to him, the onerous responsibility of developing the FCT and ensuring effective service delievry could only be done with adequate training and retraining of staff, even as he added the exercise would further raise their morale, which he observed was low on his assumption of duty as Director of the Department.
Muhammad explained that in-house manpower was used for the training so as to cut cost, tap from huge staff experience and further build on the cordial staff relationship.
He, therefore, called on all FCTA staff to ensure that there was positive change as a result of the series of trainings the Administration was offering them.
One of the in-house resource persons, an Assistant Director in the department, Mallam Abubakar Ahmed, in a chat with journalists, revealed that about 2,000 staff were drawn across the Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) for the exercise to give back their wealth of experience which they gathered over the years to other staff, especially junior and new ones.
Ahmed, who represented Director of Administration in the department, Mr. Rotimi Ajayi, drilled the staff on Public Service Rules, and stated that the Administration expected all the participants to have a good knowledge of Public Service Rules and channels of communication, among others.