A delegation from the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Wednesday, June 9, called on the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban S. K. Bagbin to introduce to him a new training programme aimed at building the capacities of Members of Parliament (MPs) as well as staff of the Parliamentary Service.
The delegation was welcomed by the Speaker and the leadership of the education committee in Parliament at the Speaker’s conference room. They held fruitful deliberations on the effective operationalisation of the Certified Public Manager®️ (CPM) to accommodate the busy schedules of legislators.
The course is jointly offered by the UPSA and University of Virgin Islands (UVI), in partnership with Gamey & Gamey Group, a consultancy services and practical training organisation.
Addressing the entourage from the university, Rt. Hon Alban S. K Bagbin commended the management of UPSA for the innovative approach to improving the human resource development of the nation through cutting-edge academic and professional advancement programmes for workers, especially public servants.
He said individuals who offer their services to the development of the nation must be supported with periodic training programmes and advanced studies to improve on their capacities.
“Human resource development is important, we must keep in mind that the people who offer themselves to serve must be supported to build their individual capacities in order to better serve society,” Mr. Bagbin said.
The Speaker, who expressed a personal interest in the program, said Parliament was committed to supporting this project hence he would take it up and table it before the leadership of the House as well as staff of the Parliamentary Service, especially those in management positions.
He urged the delegation to develop other tailored models and programmes that can be useful to the work of Parliament.
Shedding more light on the course, Ms. Erika Mamley Osae, leader of the UPSA delegation, disclosed that the program will enable participants to be effective in the discharge of their legislative duties while cementing their role as agents of change.
She said: “It would help both Parliamentarians and staff of the Parliamentary Service in demonstrating high levels of commitment to public service, while enhancing their personal integrity.”
Mr Austin Gamey, CEO of Gamey & Gamey group, explained that the programme has been meticulously designed to meet the peculiar needs of Parliament. He stressed that the curriculum has also been structured in a way that could accommodate participants who wish to extend their knowledge and skills into other specialised areas such as conflict resolution and leadership.
He further added that the programme will be offered both in-person and online taking cognisance of the inflexibility of parliamentary duties.
Other members who formed part of the UPSA delegation included Ms. Lizzy-Ann Kwagbedzi, associate consultant, Gamey & Gamey group; Mr. Andrew Kweku Condoh, Research Fellow, IWES; Ms. Dorothy Siaw-Marfo, Assistant Registrar; Mr. Andrews Agblobi, lecturer; Ms. Bridget Elikem Mensah, Principal Administrator, IWES; and Mr. Emmanuel Freeman Kwade, Media Assistant at UPSA.