In its determination to build capacity in skills and manpower to carry out planning related functions in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) has flagged off a two-week training programme for newly selected officers into the Planning Cadre of the Federal Civil Service at the Public Service Institute on Monday (5, July 2021) in Abuja.

Speaking at the occasion, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan said the scheme was initiated to identify and develop a new and cerebral crop of officers to effectively carry out corporate and strategic planning through research activities, acquisition, interpretation and preservation of data and information for the Civil Service.

The HoS further disclosed that the training programme was specifically organized to build the capacity of the participants and prepare them for conversion to the Planning Officer Cadre in the Federal Civil Service. 

She said participants would be expected to be actively involved and be resourceful in the ongoing activities in their respective MDAs to synchronize with the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP), Successor Plan 2021-2025, the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) and Agenda 2050 of the present administration.

Earlier in his speech, the Permanent Secretary, Career Management Office, Mallam Mamman Mahmuda said that the decision to reinforce the Planning Officer Cadre was out of the desire to give better service to Nigerians considering the gap that existed between conceptualization and implementation of laudable developmental programmes and projects.

He encouraged the participants to take the training very seriously as they still have to be subjected to another evaluation which will eventually determine their conversion to Planning Officers Cadre.

In their goodwill messages, various Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Agencies commended the Head of Civil Service of the Federation for the initiative and urged the participants to count themselves fortunate and strive to excel in their respective duties as Planning Officers and in their individual career.


Babalola Damilola

For: Director Press and Public Relations

5th July, 2021