By Brenda Agba
The Benue State Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Veronica Onyeke has reiterated government’s determination to train and re-train its personnel to enhance efficiency in service delivery.
Onyeke made this known recently, when she received a delegation from the Centre for Innovation in Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards (CIPESS) from JS Tarka University, Makurdi.
According to her, training and retraining, which is the mandate of the Bureau of Manpower and Training must be taken seriously to make sure that government staff contribute meaningfully to the development of the state.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau of Manpower and Training, office of the Head of Service, Mr John Akume, the HoS, while addressing the delegation assured them of government’s support toward the success of the training.
While thanking the team for their support and co-operation during the first segment of the training, assured them that those who will be officially chosen to participate in the second segment slated for August 5 will be fully released from their various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to participate in the training.
Mr Kume further promised to convey their presentation to the HoS, who he disclosed was unavoidably absent as she was attending the State Executive Council meeting at the time of their visit.
He further expressed appreciation to the management team for their effort in partnering with state.
Earlier, the Team Leader and Director of CIPESS, Prof. Lami Nnamonu commended the officer of the Head of Service for partnering with the institution to train its staff in Procurement, Environmental and Social Standard, even as he briefed the office on how far they have gone in the training and awarding of certificates to deserving participants.
He stated that a lot of sensitization was carried out on the project and the World Bank sent an independent verification agent to assess how far and well the exercise was carried out in the state.
Prof. Nnamonu, however, explained to the HoS that the short course training has been restructured and that the training exercise will be carried out at a subsidized rate of N31,500 per participant for three weeks from morning till evening.
“Participants in the training are to attend and abide by the World Bank guidelines for a successful exercise in the state,” he added.