Lagos - The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, said halting trips by government officials to overseas destinations had saved government much-needed money.
Kifasi was informing civil servants that given the dwindling economic resources in Nigeria, and the need to encourage the in-country capacity building, a circular had recently been issued restricting foreign trainings and trips by public servants.
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Specifically, the circular stated that most training activities should now take place in Nigeria and that attendance at the foreign events should now be at no cost to government.
The effect of the circular is that there had been a drastic reduction in the number of requests for permissions to travel abroad, said Kifasi.
"This has saved government a lot of money in the short time that it has been enforce and has the potential of growing locally based training at home," he said in Abuja.
Federal Government has assured of its resolve to develop a well equipped civil service.
Meanwhile, Kifasi, said his office, having identified the need to build the capacity of the civil service across board, had developed the Structured Mandatory Assessment- Based Training Programme (SMAT-P) in partnership with reputable international training organisations and world class-experts.
"The curriculum and training material for the scheme have been fully developed in partnership with the Management Development Institutes both local and international training experts.
The Office of the Head of Service is currently receiving nominations from MDAs for commencement of the programme in July 2015," he said.
- CAJ News