The second batch of the 15th edition of the Seven Weekends Management Training Course for senior management staff of the Delta state civil service has commenced in Asaba, with a charge on the participants to be attentive and focused throughout the duration of the course.

The Head of the Civil Service of Delta State, Mr Reginald Bayoko, gave the charge on Friday while declaring open the programme whose participants were drawn from a broad spectrum of the service, across administrative and professional cadres.

Bayoko said the course was prompted by the compelling need for civil servants at the senior management level to imbibe the capacity to tackle the increasing complexities in the society in a manner that would impact positively on the lives of the people through efficient and effective service delivery.

The Head of Service explained that the set objective was to equip participants with modern management voncepts, skills and techniques to enable them deal with the daily challenges and demands of their duties for the benefit of Deltans, particularly in government’s quest for a Stronger Delta.

He charged the course participants to use the forum to cross fertilize ideas and engage in positive interaction on how best to actualize the policies and programmes of government, adding that they should leverage on the core elements of international best practices engendered by the programme.

Bayoko noted that the training programme which started over a decade ago, recorded for the first time two editions in 2019, with over 600 participants in both editions compared to 60 each year prior to the 14th edition in 2018.

The HoS attributed the increase in the number of participants to the massive 2001 and 2002 recruitment exercise, pointing out that with the current threshold officers eligible for promotion to the Directorate cadre would be able to enjoy their promotion as at when due.

He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his support for the programme and urged the participants to consider the current edition a rare privilege which demanded that they should give it their best.

Bayoko thanked the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, ASCON, for a partnership that had endured through the training programme, and appreciated the State Civil Service Commission for the cordial relationship with his office.

The Director General of ASCON, Mrs Cecilia Gayya, represented by Haruna Abdul, said the consistency of the programme in Delta state underscored the high premium placed on training of the workforce by the state government.

Gayya said the College had put together a team of experienced trainers and management consultants to ensure that set objectives of the course were realized and commended the Delta state government for a sustainable transformation of the state’s human resource through consistent support for the programme over the past 15 years.

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