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FG begins new civil service policy implementation

The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHoCSF) has rolled out the Structured Mandatory Assessment-Based Training Programme (SMAT-P) for Directorate…

The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHoCSF) has rolled out the Structured Mandatory Assessment-Based Training Programme (SMAT-P) for Directorate Level Officers on Salary Grade Levels 15-17 in the Federal Civil Service.

This signaled the implementation of the Federal Government’s Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP).

The Advanced Level SMAT-P, which commenced on Monday, 4th April at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), is expected to run in six batches of one week duration each and will eventually benefit about 1,800 officers.

Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office (CMO), Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Marcus O. Ogunbiyi, said on Wednesday in Abuja when he visited the venue of the ongoing training to monitor compliance.

Dr. Ogunbiyi told the participants that the OHoCSF accords high priority to training and retraining of staff towards ensuring efficient, as well as effective service delivery geared towards the attainment of national development goals.

The Permanent Secretary said that as the name implies, SMAT-P, is mandatory for all shortlisted officers in the Federal Civil Service, and that the training is structured to enhance the leadership, general management and strategic communications skills of participants.

The SMAT-P is a career development training programme solely designed to equip civil servants with appropriate competencies required to do their job and deliver efficient services to the citizenry.

The ongoing service-wide training is in line with the capacity building component of the new FCSSIP 2021-2025.

While commending the Permanent Secretary for the visit, one of the President of the classes, and Director, Animal Husbandry Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Winnie Ifeoma Lai-Solarin, said that the programme is a welcome development to improve productivity in the Federal Civil Service.

She also thanked the HoCSF for the opportunity, assuring of the judicious use of the knowledge acquired.