The Director-General of the Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Dr. Senukon Olufunmi Ajose-Harrison, has expressed the Centre's readiness to continue providing high-quality capacity building interventions to boost the contributions of the State Public Service to the achievement of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the current administration.

The Director-General made this known in Alausa, when he led the management team of PSSDC on a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Training, Mr. Biodun Onayele, saying the Centre is happy to have Mr. Onayele at the helms of affairs in the Office of Establishments and Training at this crucial time when efforts are being made to reposition PSSDC. 

Ajose-Harrison reiterated the Centre's commitment to work hand in hand with the Permanent Secretary to ensure that the mandate of the Office of Establishments and Training in the area of capacity building for public servants is achieved, noting that the Centre's Learning and Development courses for Y2021 have been designed to meet the specific needs of respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Speaking further, the Director-General explained that post training impact assessments are carried out by the Centre, revealing that efforts are ongoing to deploy applications such as Google forms and survey monkey to measure impact of the training going forward.

Welcoming the Director-General and his team, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Biodun Onayele, expressed appreciation for the courtesy visit, stating that training and retraining of  public servants should be put on the priority list of every MDA for efficient and effective service delivery. He urged the PSSDC to keep designing better ways of imparting knowledge to public servants in order to reposition the Civil Service.

The Permanent Secretary admonished PSSDC to design realistic Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will be used to measure the impact of training and to ascertain the needs of public servants. He, therefore, expressed his willingness to provide appropriate leadership to achieve greater results, advising the Centre to strike a balance between physical and virtual learning in the design of training programmes.

Onayele charged the PSSDC to pay conscious attention to its curriculum, saying it is important to continuously rebrand and review the courses being offered so as to address current and future realities of the State Public Service.