19 Cadet Administrative officers, Assistant Secretaries receive induction training

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

At least 19 Cadet Administrative officers and Assistant Secretaries who were recently appointed into the civil service have received a two-week induction training where they were introduced to administrative work to enable them to effectively and professionally conduct their work.

Held at the Management Development Institute (MDI) in Kanifing, the training was co-organised by Personnel Management Office (PMO) and MDI.

Permanent secretary of the Personnel Management Office Lamin Jawara said the induction training had been designed to introduce the newly appointed civil servants to the operation of the government machinery, saying it was essential for them to understand the working environment in which they will be expected to function effectively and efficiently.

“You need to realise that your individual and collective actions can positively or negatively impact the lives of ordinary Gambians. This is why you need to nurture sense of professionalism,” Mr. Jawara reminded the government officials.

Alieu Jarju, director general of Management Development Institute said the induction training mainly targets to improve efficiency, competency and transformation in the civil service. He said the training was important for the newly appointed Cadet Administrative officers and Assistant Secretaries to be more ethical and improve their working capacity. “It is the duty of every employer to make working environment conducive for their employees to make their work easy. The government wants to see all civil servants capacitated in their professions.”

Cabinet Secretary Ebrima Ceesay said the training made an entire overview of the government and how it functions and also improves the participants’ leadership and management skills.

Mr. Ceesay said the new Gambia calls for commitment, loyalty, patriotism and love for the country, observing that civil servants should not wear their uniforms to attend political meetings. “Everything in the civil service has to be on merit base. You must be able to implement what you are trained on at your offices.”

Author: Fatou Dem