FG announces housing loans for civil servants


By Emmanuel Obisue

Federal Government on Tuesday announced ‘automatic’ housing loans and laptops for graduating civil servants of the Leadership Enhancement and Development Programme, LEAD-P.

Making the announcement at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday in Abuja, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, noted that the rigorous training was aimed at exposing the participants to a broader spectrum of knowledge from both the private and the public sectors.

She urged the civil servants to put in more effort with the knowledge gotten in order to salvage the nation’s civil service.

Dr. Yemi-Esan described the LEAD-P training as a key component of the Federal Civil Service Strategies and Implementation Plan 2025, FCSSIP25, which aims at addressing the need for strengthening and reinvigorating the workforce through well-structured and sustainable capacity building programmes.

The Head of Service also noted that the rotational postings undergone by participants were structured to enable the trainees to have hands-on knowledge and experiences of the various sectors of the national economy.

While encouraging Permanent Secretaries to take over the mentorship of the graduates through periodic assessment, monitoring and performance tracking, she also declared that the LEAD-P graduates will henceforth be under the pool of the OHCSF.

In his Keynote Address at the graduation ceremony, the Guest of Honour and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, opined that leadership development for effective succession planning remains the bane of the civil service.

He also made a case for the need to equip officers, appropriately, through reskilling and retooling for maximising productivity.

He expressed optimism that as products of LEAD-P, the graduates should be able to demonstrate requisite leadership skills in the formulation and implementation of effective strategies develop the capabilities needed to increase productivity, identify and improve leadership style, communication skills, art of negotiation, and influence and conflict management for efficient service delivery.

The LEAD-P comprises 43 training modules, out of which 17 are generic, while 23 are sectoral.