Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), announced plans to launch an e-learning platform aimed at accelerating the training of more civil servants for improved service delivery.

This announcement was made during a public lecture in Abuja on Thursday, part of the activities marking the 2024 Civil Service Week.

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Yemi-Esan emphasized that this innovative resource would significantly increase the number of civil servants who can undergo induction and the Structured Mandatory Assessment-Based Programme (SMAT-P) module.

Additionally, civil servants would have the opportunity to engage in other specialist training concurrently.

“The objective of the e-learning platform is to train many more civil servants simultaneously,” she explained. “We have modules that will ensure civil servants are well trained.”

The e-learning initiative, which incorporates Information and Computer Technology (ICT), includes modules that enable civil servants to self-train, enhance their knowledge of the new Performance Management System (PMS), and prepare for promotion exams.

Yemi-Esan stated that the government is committed to upgrading the nation’s civil service to global standards, achievable through continuous training and retraining of officers.

“This involves equipping the next generation with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in an increasingly complex work environment,” she said.

She highlighted the collaboration between the Nigerian Civil Service, its partners, and stakeholders, notably the AIG-Imoukhuede Foundation, in significantly investing in workforce training.

The Federal Government also plans to identify mentors among civil servants and strategically deploy 500 civil servants across various sectors by the end of 2025 to groom them as future leaders in service.

Addressing the lack of structured and targeted training programs previously, Yemi-Esan stressed the importance of continuous self-development for public officers as Nigeria focuses on repositioning the sector.

Guest Speaker Prof. Peter Okebukola praised the current civil servants as “the best in the African continent” and commended Yemi-Esan for her efforts.

In his lecture titled “Education Fit For The 21st Century: Preparing Nigerian Public Servants to Address Global Challenges While Fostering Employee Engagement, Retention, and Satisfaction,” Okebukola warned that failing to plan adequately for the future could result in Nigeria not meeting global standards in quality service delivery by 2050.

He urged the government to prioritize ICT training for civil servants to bridge service delivery gaps.