Olaopa canvasses online training for civil servants

Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission ( FCSC), Prof. Tunji Olaopa, has canvassed for online training for civil servants in Nigeria.

Olaopa said it would not only deepen their understanding of their responsibilities but also make them in tune with current bureaucratic reality.

He stated this when Taraba State Head of Civil Service led by Mr. Paul Maigada Tino paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

The FCSC Chairman said mentoring should also be deepened, stressing that the unfolding methods of coaching and staff exchange as well as internship and cross-pollination of ideas should be encouraged in the public service.

While welcoming the guests, he said what Taraba Civil Service was facing was similar to what is happening in some other States.

Olaopa asserted that Taraba State needs extensive rediscovery by bringing back some of the good practices and fundamental skills that made the reputation of Civil Service good in the past.

He assured Taraba State HOS of his support and guidance, adding that his aim is to build effective and professionally oriented Service for Taraba State.

The FCSC Chairman pointed out that Civil Service is the engine room for politics and governance, stating that he needs to manage the interface and relationship based on administrative guidelines of the Service.

He revealed that it is important for HOS to have cordial relationship with the State’s Civil Service Commission.

According to him, the two organizations have defined functions that complement each-other.

He said there are alot to benefit from the Federal in the areas of skills improvement through the online programmes especially the LEAD-P, SMAT-programmes among others.

Olaopa advised that it should be strengthened to support the State’s IPPIS.

He urged the team to engage with Federal HOS, saying it will help them not only in training and development but with career and talent management of officers.

The FCSC advised Taraba State Head of Civil Service on the need to work more on their online and digital penetrations especially e-governance programme for service delivery.

He said there was a need for Civil Service to manage its interface with the youths through social media to avoid a lot of gaps in communications as the world is driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technological innovations.

Olaopa said enhancing the competitiveness of pay and compensation for civil servant was important part of re-professionalizing the service.

He asserted that Taraba HOS needs to ground his staff in EFCC laws, ICPC laws and code of conduct, adding that staff do not know them because of laxity bureaucracy.

He equally said performance bond needed to be incorporated into Taraba HOS, stressing that in his interactions with the State’s Civil Servants they were very passionate and willing to learn based on their punctuality and quality contributions.

Olaopa disclosed that public and private partnership (PPP) Taraba State embarked on was good but “governance code” known as Public Service Rules (PSR) needed to be rethink to attract private sector partnership.

He specifically believed in strengthening basic bureaucratic skills, competency levels and basic internal management control in Taraba Civil Service; as well as Civil Service that returns to stewardship relationship with the public as people do not trust public institutions.

Speaking earlier, Taraba State Head of Civil Service, Mr. Paul Maigada Tino who came in company of his team disclosed that he was recently appointed as Taraba State Head of the Civil Service.

He equally said that he was in the Commission to collaborate in the area of manpower development, adding that Federal Civil Commission is key in the affairs of Civil Servants in Nigeria.

He further disclosed that Taraba State has few personnel at Federal level in terms of Federal appointments and they need the assistance of the Commission to fill this vacuum.

Tino recalled the capacity development seminar Olaopa conducted in the State which he said was very impactful on the Staff.

He stated that the State wants to tap from the wealth of experience of the Chairman.

According to him, working with FCSC-Chairman will enable them to fill the State’s Civil Service identified gaps.

He revealed there was training gaps in the State’s Civil Service as those employed in the last two years were yet to get induction training.

He informed Olaopa that he has equally visited Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (OHSF) in order to strengthen the State’s IPPIS using its ICT capacity.

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