AS PART OF efforts to build its human resource capacity, the Audit Service has sponsored a number of its staff to further their education at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
The 17 Audit Service officials selected from all the regional offices include staff members who do not have degrees but have been with the service for periods ranging between 17 and 34 years.
They took part in the eight week examinable course which took place between July 7 and August 29, 2008 as part of a collaboration between the Training and Human Resource Development Unit of the Audit Service and GIMPA.
At a ceremony to present certificates to the graduates, the Auditor General, Edward Dua Agyeman in a remark mentioned the service's commitment to supporting its staff to upgrade themselves academically.
To the participants, he said: “I am glad you have moved from the civil service mentality and have decided to undertake this course to improve on yourself.”
He urged the graduates to pursue further education even though some of them are approaching their retirement age, adding that the Audit Service was interested in the development of its human resource base.
Mr Dua Agyeman said currently a number of the service's members of staff are undertaking various fields of study and indicated his outfit's readiness to allocate more funds for training.
The Rector of GIMPA, Prof. Yaw Agyemang Badu, before presenting the certificate in Administration and Management to the participants, stated that GIMPA is playing its part to help build the human capital of the country.
“In the country's quest to develop to a middle-income status we cannot go where we want to go as a nation until we build the capacity of the human resource,” he stated.
Richard A. Ofori-Darko from the Takoradi Regional Audit office in an interview with this paper expressed his gratitude to the initiators of the courses.
He expressed his willingness to pursue a degree course and asked his employer to continue to support him and others who want to upgrade themselves.
By Emelia Ennin Abbey