CSTC is ready to partner Civil Service training institutions in West Africa

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Principal of the Civil Service Training Center, (CSTC) Mrs. Dora Dei-Tumi, has said the CSTC is ready to partner Civil Service training institutions in Sierra Leone and Liberia and the West African sub-region in building capacity.

She made these remarks at the closing ceremony of a two-week course in “Training of Trainers” for Ethical Leadership for Quality Productivity Improvement (ELQPI)” on 22 February, 2013. The program was the second which trained 19 participants from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana.

Throwing a challenge to the participants, Mrs. Dei-Tumi said in the very near future, she looked forward to the day when exchange programmes will take place between the CSTC and the training institutions of their respective countries.

The Principal noted that the participants had been handed over the right tools to enable them utilize the skills acquired from the training program, thereby contributing positively to their national reform agendas.

She thanked the Japanese government for the immense support towards the CSTC over the years, pointing out that the ultra-modern training facility almost complete; with funding from the Japanese government will help expand the operations of CSTC and improve on quality of service. A local consultant for the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, (JICA) Ms. Megumi Ando, in a short statement noted that effecting change could be challenging, however change no matter how insignificant it may be is dynamic. She urged the course participants to make best use of the skills acquired to further the development of the Civil Service in Sierra Leone and Liberia respectively.

She said the CSTC is currently experiencing a dynamic change toward becoming a Center of Excellence within the West African sub-region. Ms. Ando referred to the new training center as a symbol of that positive development.

The team leader of the project, Mr. Kunitoshi Saito, emphasized the importance of adult training courses to be designed to give practical experience to participants. He said the course was a progression from the earlier course “Ethical Leadership for Quality productivity improvement (ELQPI)” what the participants had learned earlier on. He noted that the CSTC had become a global center of excellence and as such impressed on the course participants that there was no need to travel to developed countries for training as the CSTC was better poised and equipped to train them.

The Vice Course President, Ms. Mamie Johnny in her report, commended the CSTC and JICA for organizing a well planned program. In her recommendation, she suggested that the CSTC should strengthen its relationship with other government training institutions in their respective countries. She also called for the development of exchange programs and suggested that electronic copies be made available as reference material in their respective countries.

The communiqué which was delivered by the Course President, Mr. James Mulba, resolved that they will be the change agents as expected by them, that the skills and knowledge acquired will be passed on to all levels of the Civil Service in their respective countries.

The participants also pledged to establish social networks to keep in touch with current realities in fostering national development in their respective countries.

They also affirmed not to provide leadership that presumes to know it all, but rather one that will seek to empower others through building capacity.