A two-storey building to serve as a training centre has been inaugurated and handed over to the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) in Accra.
The occasion officially marked the successful completion of the project for institutional capacity development for the CSTC initiated by the civil service.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of State at the Office of the President in-charge of Public Sector Reforms, Mr Alhassan Azong, said a challenge to public service in Ghana was the little attention given to performance management and safety standards.
He, therefore, entreated management of the CSTC to adopt high standards that would make the training centre a place of excellence.
“Our interest will be to ensure that the leadership and management of this centre, whose core function is to improve the functional efficiency and effectiveness of government employees at all levels, live up to expectation,” he said.
Mr Azong said the government, through the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda, was committed to improving the capacity and efficiency of the public and civil service. Japanese support
For his part, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Naoto Nikai, said the Japanese government was committed to improving the capacities of public and civil servants to facilitate policy formulation and economic development.
He commended the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) for the successful completion of their strategic projects to enhance the capacity of the CSTC. Head of Civil Service
The Head of Civil Service, Nana Agyekum-Dwamena, said the role of the civil service was essential to the development of the country.
He said the civil service was in discussion with the Ministry of Finance to develop a framework that would ensure a reliable source of funding for the service, adding; “we shall do this through Parliament so that a training fund shall be instituted to train civil servants”.
In executing their monitoring and evaluation role, Mr Agyekum-Dwamena said the Civil Service had signed performance agreements with chief directors. Training centre
In her address, Mrs Dora Dei-Tumi, the Principal of the CSTC, said the centre embarked on some strategic projects to make the training centre one of excellence and a citadel of knowledge in civil and public service training.
She commended the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for providing financial, logistical and technical support to the development of CSTC.