A three-day training for twenty-nine drivers drawn from public institutions, on the role of drivers in public sector reform strategies within government, recently came to an end at the Management Development Institute (MDI).
The training was jointly organised by the Personnel Management Office (PMO) and MDI. The Institute, according to officials, in recent years has played an instrumental role in training the critical mass of officials so as to contribute their quota to the development of human capital for effective service delivery in public, private and NGO sectors in The Gambia.
The training was designed to provide chief and senior drivers of public enterprises an in-depth understanding of the principal approaches, information needs, awareness-building techniques and stewardship requirements for proper corporate culture and strategy, management and development of human resources.
Alieu K. Jarju, the Director General MDI said the training will be a continuous process so as to ensure that all drivers are trained. He highlighted the important role drivers play in national development, reminding the gathering that the development of the country is a collective responsibility of all and that drivers have a big role in nation building.
“Education is key in human life as Islam teaches us to learn so that we are able to practise your religion,” Jarju said. He emphasised that their responsibility is to train the drivers, positing that after acquiring the knowledge and skills it will better enhance participants’ output to carry out their functions effectively.
“If a human being lacks fear in Allah, whatever knowledge and skill he or she has will not benefit the person because he or she lacks the most important thing. I therefore urge you all in whatever you are doing to put God first.”
For his part, Momodou Sabally, the Director General of The Gambia Radio and Television Services, commended the MDI boss for his exemplary leadership.
DG Sabally, who doubles as Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Observer Company, described MDI as an important institute for The Gambia, recalling that he and some of his colleagues during their university days spent much of their time at the institute.
He observed that without drivers, government’s functions would not be carried out effectively, as they are the ones driving government officials to carry out government functions.
“Therefore, their role is very important. I’m with the conviction that the way the training is being conducted in The Gambia is not happening that way in many countries around the world,” he stated.
Omar Jah, Director of Operations, Riders for Health, said the Government of The Gambia recognised the role being played by drivers. The training, he went on, will better enhance participants on how to handle vehicles as government spends a lot of money in the maintenance and upkeep of vehicles.
“If drivers are well trained on handling of vehicles it will reduce the cost government incurs on vehicles as the money could instead be used to fill other gaps.”
Alhagie Sillah Conateh, Principal Management Trainer and Head of Business Studies Department at MDI, described the move as a step in the right direction. According to him, the training will greatly enhance effective service delivery.
by Omar Wally