The Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagary, has indicated interest to partner the Akwa Ibom government in capacity development of the workforce, even as five employees of government complete a week-long training on “Effective Succession Planning in Management and Administration,” at the college.
The head of Public Relations/Publications of ASCON, M. F. Adebola, made the disclosure recently at Badagary while welcoming participants to the college, for a management and administrative level training, including five employees of the Akwa Ibom government from the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
Adebola, who said the college was set to train employees of different government institutions and private organisations in various areas of interest, expressed appreciation to the Akwa Ibom government for the training sponsorship offered to the employees, and urged them to utilize the opportunity effectively to sharpen and update their skills and knowledge in their chosen areas of focus.
He added that ASCON was ever ready to meet the training needs of any establishment that is poised to train its employees and expressed the willingness to partner the state government in improving the capacity development needs of its employees.
Receiving the trainees on return from the week-long training at ASCON, the commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, said the training of civil servants would continue to be accorded priority as part of the human capacity development drive of the Akwa Ibom government.
Noting that the training exercise is geared towards improved staff performance, Ememobong emphasized that knowledge is ageless, saying the gains will be beneficial for enhanced performance of the participants both during their civil service career and in their private endeavour long after they must have retired from government service.
The state information helmsman underscored the significance in the pursuit of knowledge, reiterating, “Knowledge revitalizes the brain and the attendant skills learnt will far outlive a span of over years of service of the benefitting government workers.
Emphasizing that the training of staff remains a top priority of government, Ememobong disclosed that the second batch of staff would soon be sent to ASCON for training, and urged the trainees to ensure that the training is stepped down to their subordinates in order to enhance workplace performance.
On behalf of the ASCON trainee ambassadors, an assistant director in the ministry, Mr. Uwem Ben, the Eket zonal director, appreciated Ememobong for the opportunity granted them to learn and described him as a valuable asset to the ministry and indeed the entire people of Akwa Ibom.
He recounted that the week-long programme featured lectures as well as excursion to see the rich cultural heritage of Badagry and its significance in the history of Nigeria.
Ben added that information officers had never had it so good, especially in the areas of training and retraining in different fields within and outside the state and indeed the country, as Ememobong has exposed them to.
Among participants at the week-long training in ASCON included: information officer with the Internal Revenue Service, Mr Nsikan Essien, information officer, Office of the Accountant-general, Daye-Abasi Godsien and the assistant director in charge of Uyo zonal office of the ministry, InibegheEtuk.
While at ASCON, publications of the Ministry including: Explore Akwa Ibom and Wetin Udom don do were presented to the management of the college through the Head of Public Relations, Mrs Grace Akpan.