SENIOR MINISTER APPLAUDS ‘EMERGING PUBLIC LEADERS’

Friday, August 30, 2019

SENIOR MINISTER APPLAUDS ‘EMERGING PUBLIC LEADERS’

The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has charged “Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana” to be agents of change at their respective ministries of the Ghana Civil Service and any other Public Service Institution they are posted as young university graduates undertaking ‘Special’ National Service.

He tasked them to develop attitudes of resilient, beat the odds and resist the temptation to be bribed.

He stressed that “in every new venture, it is important to recognize those who burnt the midnight oil, made the needed sacrifices and demonstrated their faith in uncharted waters.”

Speaking at the formal launch of “Emerging Public Leaders of Ghana Fellowship Programme,” a collaborative initiative between Emerging Public Leaders Ghana (EPL Ghana) and the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS). Mr. Osafo-Maafo noted that, “Ghana has no shortage of motivated youth with the energy and talent to create change, but to truly tap their transformative potential, they need adequate representation in non-elective positions across our institutions.”

He also reminded the stakeholders of the need to create more opportunities for young people to play active roles in governance.

Senior Minister applauds 'Emerging Public Leaders'

Addressing the conference on the objectives of the fellowship programme, Head of Civil Service, Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena said his outfit has a vision of empowering the next generation of civil service professionals by creating a new cadre of workers committed to achieving extraordinary social impact to drive Ghana’s development and to realize the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

According to him, the programme is aimed at recruiting and developing talented young brilliant and goal-driven final year students from Ghanaian universities to be coached and nurtured for placement in the Civil Service as high flyers to concrete realization of the new civil servant.

“Over the period of two years, Fellows would be provided with responsive training and mentorship to become competent Civil Servants who will improve public service delivery in Ghana for years to come.”

Mr. Dwamena revealed that, the Office of the Head of Civil Service and EPL Ghana in collaboration with the National Service Secretariat have secured the placement of the second cohort of 20 Fellows.

In September 2018, EPL Ghana and the OHCS placed the inaugural cohort of 20 Fellows across nine (9) ministries after an intensive meritocratic selection process, which started with 194 applications.

To ensure that the objective of the programme is met, the Fellows were each assigned a supervisor in their respective ministries and public sector and private sectors mentors to provide guidance and coaching.

Additionally, the Civil Service Training Centre was selected to undertake training aimed at providing them with specific technical skills such as leadership and business communication, administrative writing and techniques and methods for productivity.

Source: The Ghana Crusader & OHCS-PR