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ICYMI: HND holders should endure one-year obligatory training- FG

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, has requested staff with Higher National Diploma to endure one-year obligatory coaching earlier than their conversion from Executive to Officers cadre.

According to a press release on Saturday, Yemi-Esan mentioned this at a digital interactive session with civil servants in commemoration of the 2024 Civil Service Week with the theme, “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Life-long, Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa.”

The one-year obligatory coaching programme to bridge the hole between polytechnic awarded Higher National Diplomas and college levels has been controversial between the National Universities Commission and the National Board for Technical Education.

A invoice was handed on the Ninth National Assembly in 2021 to finish the dichotomy however was not signed into regulation by the final administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Thus, NBTE, which regulates technical and vocational training, needed to introduce what it describes as a one-year top-up programme which provides a platform for HND holders to stage up in the direction of acquiring a bachelor’s diploma.

While fielding a query from one of many civil servants in the course of the digital assembly, Yemi-Esan, mentioned, “The curriculum for HND and B.Sc holders were not the same, hence, HND graduates would have to undergo mandatory one-year training before conversion from Executive to Officers’ cadre.”

Adebayo Hassan in Grade Level 14 had earlier requested concerning the dichotomy between B.Sc and HND holders within the Service and what the Federal Government was doing to bridge the hole.

Speaking on the 2024 Civil Service Week theme, Yemi-Esan emphasised the necessity for training to be accessible, inclusive and of top of the range, whereas highlighting the necessity for it to continuously stay related to the quickly evolving calls for of the trendy world.

According to her, “The theme also speaks to how the Nigerian Civil Service is leveraging learning and development to enhance the capacity and capability of its workforce with a view to delivering on national priorities.”

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The Head of the Civil Service disclosed that the quickly altering work setting in addition to calls for for larger effectivity have necessitated the adoption of a Performance Management System by the Nigerian Civil Service, including that PMS Policy and Guidelines have been developed and circulated to all Ministries, extra-ministerial Departments and Agencies.

She identified that core groups for its implementation have been duly constituted.

According to her, “PMS implementation has been cascaded to the Ministries, with the Permanent Secretaries serving as the first drivers.

“In this regard, efficiency contracts are to be additional cascaded all the way down to the final officer in every MDA.

“This new system will assess every officer’s efficiency solely based mostly on their respective Key Performance Indicators and it’ll allow monitoring of job aims throughout all MDAs.

“By implication, every officer throughout the Service can clearly hyperlink his targets and aims with these of his division, these of the respective Ministry and the nationwide KPIs.

She described the digitalisation of labor processes within the Service as one other reference level within the ongoing transformation of the Federal Civil Service.

She additional harassed that the Office has absolutely digitalised all private and coverage recordsdata and is implementing digital transaction workflow processes, as all official correspondences, within the type of memos and inside and exterior circulars, are actually being processed electronically via the Enterprise Content Management resolution.

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