Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, has charged public servants to be reference points in effective service delivery and ambassadors of change.
Mr. Kifasi gave the charge on Friday, when he formally declared closed the pilot Structured Mandatory Assessment-Based Training Programme, SMART-P, for public servants in Abuja.
Kifasi stressed that the country`s economic situation, which led to the restriction on overseas training for public servants, necessitated looking inwards in the continued efforts of the civil service to build the capacity of its workforce.
He said SMART-P was strategically planned to be a continuous programme that would provide participants the needed opportunity to imbibe the philosophy and principles of effective and efficient service delivery.
He expressed optimism that the training would assist and guide the participants in the execution of their official responsibilities and congratulated them for partaking in the programme.
He therefore commended the participants for their steadfastness and interest in the programme, saying that it showed their readiness to contribute their quota toward the advancement of the service.
Speaking at the occasion, one of the training facilitators, who is the Director General, Administrative Staff Collage of Nigeria, ASCON, Mr Peter Ajebade, noted that the present administration placed high premium on effective service delivery.
Ajebade said the SMART-P was expected to continually and consistently address the training gaps in the public service to ensure that public servants acquired relevant knowledge for achieving organisational growth.
No fewer than 70 participants in three different categories were given certificates of participation at the end of the training.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mr. Stephen Medaiyedu, expressed appreciation to the HCSF for initiating the training, which he said, was timely.

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