Daily Trust (Abuja)

23 January 2014

Nigeria: Govt Inaugurates Human Resource Framework Drafting Committee

The Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR) Dr Joe Abah on Tuesday inaugurated a five man committee saddled with the responsibility of drafting a human resource curriculum and competency framework for the Nigerian civil service.

The competency framework will help the federal government to identify the particular areas the civil servants are lacking and consequently tailor trainings to address the challenges, Abah said at a press briefing in Abuja.

He said "the quality of human resources is critical to the development of any country" as it translates development strategies "into tangible results".

According to Abah, the initiative which has been approved by the Head of Service of the Federation is a follow up on the study carried out by the BPSR in conjunction with the World Bank to "conduct a diagnostic study on the professionalize the human resource functions and to develop a framework and institutionalize the system in the federal civil service."

Public service resource managers occupy a strategic position in development of any country; he said noting that in Nigerian civil service remain too bureaucratic and routine which calls for professionalism.

He said: "For this situation to change there is need to adopt a model of the human resource management functions which will best enable government to manage staff to achieve its corporate objective.

"Such a model will enable human recourse manager to play a critical role of strategy and organizational aspect as well as employee championed and agent of continuous transformation."

Members of the committee were selected from the center for management Development (CMD), Abuja; Administrative Staff college of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagry, Lagos, the Nigerian Institute of Management, and the Institute of Personnel Management.

The committee which has three weeks to submit its report is chaired by the director general of ASCON Ajibade Peters.

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