September 27, 2012
The third-in-the-series of Ethical Leadership for Quality and Productivity Improvement (ELQPI) training for Sierra Leonean and Liberian civil servants has officially commenced in Accra. Mrs. Dora Dei-Tumi, Principal of the Centre intimated that; ‘Japan International Cooperation Agency has played many important roles in empowering Civil Service Training Centre to deliver tailor-made courses and training to myriads of civil servants in Ghana and the sub-region.'
The third session of the ELQPI runs from 24th September to 12th October, 2012 and will help 25 selected civil servants from Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone acquire skilled-focused competencies in leadership, ethics and quality and productivity improvement.
Mrs. Dei-Tumi reiterated further: ‘JICA assisted us when we were creating course contents for specialized trainings and our building was given a befitting facelift by JICA. And in addition, a new CSTC complex is being constructed from scratch by the Japanese Government.'
Talking about the impact of the training, she opined that; ‘The course will go a long way to produce change agents as catalyst for quality and productivity improvement and ethical leadership in the public sector across the sub-region. We have introduced a number of innovations from the feedbacks we got from previous sessions. We now have a workbook for participants, so that the training becomes more interactive and lively and migrates from knowledge acquisition-focused to skill-focused; participants get to develop service charters and implementation design, for their organizations.'
According to the Chief Director of the Office of the Head of Civil Service, Mr. Alidu Fuseini; ‘CSTC is gradually becoming the citadel of knowledge and a centre of excellence. We owe it to the Ghana Government and our committed partners, especially the Japanese Government and JICA.'
James K. Mulbah, a participant from Liberia (Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy) intimated that lack of required skill-sets is affecting productivity in the ministry where he works. He hopes to learn how to confront the challenge and initiate a solution. Mr. Wilfred Mansaray, a participant from Sierra Leone, Director of Training and Career Development for the Sierra Leone Human Resource Management Office, believes that he will learn how to coordinate and organize past Sierra Leonean participants to form a nucleus of change agents in the country in a way that the rippling effect can be felt in many government ministries. He said; ‘I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous impact the course has had on the participants we sent to Ghana in the past, so I have decided that as head of the training centre in Sierra Leone, I need to attend the course too.'
The Chief Representative of JICA Ghana, Mr. Jiro Inamura, in his remarks, stated that; ‘JICA is committed to assisting CSTC build its capacity to train change agents in Ghana and the sub-region, while fostering regional integration.'