As part of efforts to use the potentials of the Polytechnic in the continued development of the manpower of the State. the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori. under the auspices of its Industrial Service Centre (INSERC), has established a special Diploma Programme for civil servants in the state Public Service who could not get promoted because of their inability to acquire additional qualifications.
Speaking, recently. at the state Secretariat, Port Harcourt. during the graduation ceremony of the first batch of civil servants who took part in the training, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof T G. Sokari, said that the Polyiechnic was committed to working closely with government in seeking solutions to the problems of manpower development in the State and pointed out that the management of the Polytechnic in conjunction with the office of the Head of Service, have specifically designed the training programme to ameliorate the problems of stagnated civil servants in the state Public Service who could not acquire additional qualifications to enhance their promotion. Prof Sokari said that the scope of the training programme would be enlarged in future to include technical and financial studies, and used the opportunit to thank Governor Chibuike Amaechi, and his team, for their concern for the well-being of workers in the state which has led to the speedy commencement of the special civil servants training programme He noted that the training programme would not only enhance promotion on the job, but also serve as a reservoir of knowledge for the civil servants after their retirement from public service.
Also speaking, the State, Head of Service, Mrs Esther Anucha, who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary. Establishments (Pension and Training), Mr Chima Ake, commended the graduands for their zeal and comportment during the training programme, and urged them to use the newly acquired knoweldge in breaking away from old unproductive habits and
strive to become more confident to enable them cope with the ever-increasing demands of the job.
Mrs Anucha lauded the State Polytechnic, Bori for the effective management of the training programme, and stressed the need for the inclusion of courses on public service rules in the curriculum of the programme.
In a responses on behalf of the graduands, Mr Elisha John Itigwe thanked the state government for the opportunity given to civil servants to undertake the training and made a passionate appeal to the government to consider the graduand for immediate promotion, since they have now acquired an additional qualification.
In his vote of thanks, the Director of the Polytechnic, Industrial Service Centre, Mr Ibinabo Thoma co-ordinated the training programme, hanked the management of the Polytechnic and others for their support, which made the training programme a success, and urged the graduands to justi their new acquired celtificates by living up to expectation. A first batch of 280 civil servants graduated at the ceremony.