A GH¢1.9 bn Civil Service Training Centre Inaugurated

Members of JICA and CSTC in a group photograph.(background) is the centre inuagurated photo Hannah Nkrumah (1)A GH¢1.9 billion Japan International cooperation Agency (JICA) funded project to train Ghanaian workers and their counterparts in the sub-region in various skills has been inaugurated with a call on workers to improve productivity to justify their placement on the single spine salary structure (SSSS).

The ultra-modern training facility for the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) will equip public sector workers with relevant skills to enhance their service delivery.

The Government of Ghana supported project will help both civil and public servants to upgrade their capacities to meet the demands of the competitive market.

Alhassan Azong, Minister of Public Sector Reform, and guest of honour yesterday at the function, in an address bemoaned the lackadaisical attitude of some public servants state activities and noted that government would get strict on performance appraisal forms.

That he said would enforce discipline within the public sector.

He said the project was another success story Ghana and Japan could boast of and as it would strengthen the capacity and capability of CSTC and also facilitate the extension of the Office of Head of Civil Service (OHCS) to offer support to civil service training institutions in the sub-region.

“Indeed, the increasing support to the OHCS demonstrates Japan’s commitment as a strategic partner to support the Government of Ghana in using reforms as a tool to break barriers to development” he said.

Mr. Azong, advised the management of the institute to maintain and adhere to quality and safety standards and performance management to make the facility a real centre of excellence and citadel of knowledge.

“The success of any reform initiative is underpinned by well-informed, changed mindset and behavourioural re-orientation of the individual, therefore leadership of this institution must ensure that efficiency and effectiveness of government employees at all levels live up to expectations,” he said.

He, however, encouraged the centre to design courses and training modules that would enable the participants to dig deep into their capacities and capabilities as public officers aspiring for excellence.

He emphasised the need for continuous training of government employees in order to acquire new ideas and skills so as to meet the increasing public expectation.

He said government was seeking to pursue a pragmatic approach to reform in all facet of governance in order to improve the responsiveness of public organisations in service delivery.

Dr. Robert Dodoo, Chairman Civil Service Council, said the role of civil servants could not be over emphasised as they formulated the policies that drove the operations of both the public and the private sector.

He stressed the need for all public sector workers to upgrade themselves with the   relevant scheme of service training at CSTC before their promotion.

He commended JICA for its immense contributions to the welfare of public workers in the country and pledged that his outfit would see to it that the edifices is put to good use. By Collins Boateng 

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