UK firm commends FG for adopting PPP model
By OKEY NDIRIBE
A United Kingdom based firm has commended the Federal Government for adopting Public Private Partnership (PPP) model for execution of several projects across the country.
This view was expressed by Mr Shola Ekperigin, a Director of the Global Training Consulting (GTC) while speaking to journalists in Abuja during the company’s launch of its 2012 brochure last weekend.
Ekperigin also declared GTC’s readiness to become the Federal Government’s partner in the execution of the Performance Contract policy jointly adopted last year by the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) and the Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF).
This offer was made by Mr Shola Ekperigin, a Director of the Global Training Consulting (GTC) while speaking to journalists in Abuja during the company’s launch of its 2012 brochure last weekend.
Speaking further, he stated that stated that given the company’s track record in training very senior personnel in both the public and private sectors in different parts of the world, GTC remains the Government’s ideal partner in implementing the policy of performance contract in the nation’s public service.
Giving further reasons for his position, he stated that presently the comapny was even running a programme on public private partnership which is accredited by the University of Middlesex also based in the UK. He added that participants in the company’s capacity building programme could also earn a master’s degree at the end of the training.
Speaking earlier, Ian Thompson, another Director of the company stated that capacity building had become inseparable from National Development Strategies to the point where it is safe to say capacity building is development for growth.
He further posited that capacity building was a complex phenomenon adding that it was for this reason GTC approaches it from a multi-layer perspective thereby focusing on individual, institutional and societal levels.
Giving a deeper insight into the company’s approach Thompson said that capacity building was “about culture, attitude, knowledge, accountability, integrity and more importantly, about the ability to act”.
He further stated that the company’s faculties encompass management and leadership, finance, human resources management, public governance compliance, public relations and marketing. A past participant in one of GTC’s capacity building programmes, Dr Anthonia Ekpa- a director in the Federal Civil service- testified to the high level of efficiency demonstrated by GTC personnel during her training programme in the UK.
Senate Committee on environment invites Chevron, others over oil spill
The Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology has invited Chevron and other critical stakeholders for discussions to ensure the containmnent and clean-up of the oil spill in Koloma towns in Bayelsa state. This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Akintoba Fatigun, the Press Officer to Sen. Bukola Saraki, Chairman of the Committee.
In the statement, in Ilorin, the committee pledged to take the necessary steps to also remediate the impacted area. It said that any losses and communities affected by the spill would be adequately compensated.
“In fact, it has now emerged that the incident might have triggered a significant oil spill, which has already hit the. In view of this and the consequential impact, the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology led by Saraki, is in consultation with the Senate Committee on Petroleum Upstream.