FG Sets up Committee to Revamp Moribund ASCON

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Olawale Ajimotokan and Udora Orizu in Abuja

The federal government has set up 11-man technical committee to revitalise Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) with a view to training federal civil servants that are lacking capacity to perform their duties as expected.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, who stated this in Abuja while inaugurating members of the committee, expressed concerns over the present status of the college.

She noted that the decision was one of the outcomes of a recently held conference, where it was resolved that such a committee be constituted to revamp the college and restore it to its original status as the numero uno management training Institution in Nigeria.

She ordered the members of the committee to complete the assignment and report back within eight weeks, urging them to follow terms of reference as highlighted.

Parts of the committee’s terms of reference, according to the Head of Service, include: revisiting the issue of the directors, who are pursuing judicial options and seek justifiable administrative solutions to their grievances; reviewing the Act establishing ASCON with a view to proposing an amendment in line with current realities.

Other reference include: proposing an enhanced revenue generation framework for the College and the judicious management of the funds, reviewing the entire human resource architecture of the college, including recruitment, career progression, training, succession planning, linkages and staff welfare and planning a retreat for top management and board of ASCON to review the vision, mission and programmes, in order to reposition the college to contemporary international standard.