By Mary Agidi
Two hundred and twenty five civil servants across the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in Ondo State have been selected to participate in the first phase of the capacity building workshop organised by the state government in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund, (ITF).
Briefing journalists in respect of the training programme, Ondo state Head of Service, Mr. Toyin Akinkuotu noted that the approval of the governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) to organise the training is geared towards developing the capacity of officers and ensuring the training and re-training of workers to make them productive while in service and in retirement.
According to him, the two weeks training which started yesterday (Tuesday), cuts across different cadres in the civil service.
The first phase will cover workshop on Needs Assessment for Administrative and Executive Officers, Capacity building for Middle level Accounts and Audit Personnel, and Driver Mechanic Technical skills workshop for Drivers.
Others are Performance appraisal techniques workshop for legal officers, contemporary work ethics and professionalism/organisational productivity workshop for Secretaries and Secretarial Assistants, and Pre-retirement workshop for officers due for retirement in year 2019.
“This type of training will expose officers to various opportunities like agriculture, maintenance, poultry business, and things that will not create problem for them after retirement and how to source for money.
“There are various mortgage institutions over the place, there are federal agencies that are interested in giving loans, but you need to be educated on this.
“We are planning to train about 225 officers from the various MDAs and cadres, and by the grace of God, it is going to be a continuous thing as from now particularly the Pre-retirement training.
” Government does not want officers to go out there after serving for 35 years or 60 years of age unprepared, it is dangerous, we want the system to prepare you to face the economic and social dynamics of the country ” , he explained.