Invest in public servants’ training— GIMPA urges governments

Prof Franklyn ManuProfessor Franklyn Achampong Manu, Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), has advocated more investment in human resource development in the public sector of African nations.

That, he said, was the vital way of using the public sector to promote national development.

Prof. Manu made the call at the ninth Cohort graduation ceremony organised by GIMPA in collaboration with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) for public sector trainees in Accra.

The cohort training programme, held under the Public Sector Management Training Program (PSMTP) was undertaken by 50 participants from Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Gambia and Sierra Leone.

Professor Manu observed that a major challenge for Africa was to have efficient public sector which would be equipped with the advanced knowledge to actively translate government’s policies and strategies into successfully implemented projects.

“It would be difficult for Africa to develop if governments do not see the need to train and properly equip the public sector with the resources to work,” he said.

He mentioned that, the changing political, social and economic environment in Africa underscored the need for countries to have an effective and efficient public sector.

Professor Manu said GIMPA’s mission was to maintain a centre of excellence for training in the public and business administration to enhance the capability of leaders in the public and private sectors.

The PSMTP is designed to help develop in African countries a critical mass of public servants with the requisite managerial skills to promote and transform the various sectors of the economy.

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