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Nigeria: FG, British Firm to Partner On Manpower Devt

Abuja — Associate Director of Global Training Consulting (GTC), Mrs. Paula Nicholson, has said arrangements have been concluded by a renowned British firm to assist the Federal Government train its human capacity in the public sector.

Speaking during the media launch of its 2013 GTC brochure in Abuja, Nicholson said the collaborative effort was necessitated by the company's desire to help contribute positively to government's transformation agenda and the quest to reposition Nigeria economy to be among the 20 biggest economies by the 2020.

According to her, the nation is about to witness a drastic surge in the area of capacity building and human resource management. She said: "We are determined to see the Nigerian public sector grow through capacity development. We strive for quality by maintaining objectivity, fairness and ethics."

She stressed that GTC is currently making an in-road in supporting the efforts of President Jonathan Goodluck administration in training and re-training of personnel of the country's public sector in order to meet with challenges of the 21st century.

She added that GTC, through its professional expertise, has helped tremendously in transforming public sectors in developing economies like Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa is going out of their way to offer Nigeria a special package of their advance services due to massive nature of the nation's bureaucracy.

Furthermore, she said GTC is also offering a £15,000 UK Work Based Learning Master's Degree scholarship to Nigerians and particularly in core areas of human capacity building and development.

GTC, she said, had a track record of training over 1500 senior managers and top government officials annually, adding that with a database of 200 international consultants, BAC and Middlesex University accredited, Nigeria public sector may be bracing up to compete favourably with its peers in other emerging economies where GTC propelled knowledge has been driving their sectors.

Nicholson added that Nigeria has massive public sector that if well-equipped can help not only to attract foreign investors to Nigeria economy, but also can further entrench the nation's leading role in economic leadership in Africa.

"We at GTC sincerely believe that with huge nature of material and human resources in Nigeria, if well harnessed, will go a long way in aiding President Jonathan Goodluck's transformation agenda and further place Nigeria on a fast lane of economic recovery and human development. Nigeria will finally affirm its place on the global stage of the MINT: Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey countries, which are the next economic power.

In his remarks, Director of GTC Energy, Mr. Idy Ekong, said the firm had also finalised arrangement to launch its energy outfit before the year ends.

He said: "This new service falls in line with the efforts of the current administration to revitalise the energy sector of Nigeria economy adding that 167 million population of the country would not be left behind in the current wind of change blowing in the energy sector of world economy."

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