• Sun. Aug 7th, 2022

EU and GIZ donate IT equipment to ECOWAS Commission for efficient service – The Sun Nigeria

The Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on Friday donated computer equipment to the ECOWAS Commission as technical support to ensure efficient service delivery of the staff of the Commission.

The EU and GIZ donated the equipment to the Commission in Abuja during the official launch of the EU-funded ECOWAS Institutional Support (ISE) programme.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ISE program aims to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of EU aid in West Africa.

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Ms. Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said the program was developed to train internal staff who will in turn train Commission staff.

She explained that the internal trainers will support in conducting regular trainings for old and new staff of the ECOWAS Commission.

“I am pleased to welcome you to the official launch of the EU-funded ECOWAS Institutional Support Programme. The €4.85 million program is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by GIZ.

“Today we are handing over the equipment purchased under the program to support the training center and celebrate the graduation of the first group of ECOWAS in-house trainers.

“The institutional support program launched today was developed as an extension of previous programs aimed at strengthening public finance management and institutional reforms initiated by ECOWAS.

“The program started in December 2020 and aims to ensure that the ECOWAS Commission, together with the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), meets international standards in finance, auditing, accounting and human resources.

“This program provided support to the validation process of the revised ECOWAS Staff Regulations with a view to the preparation of harmonized human resources policies and procedures.

“As well as the drafting and validation of a new ECOWAS code of ethics,” Tassin-Pelzer said.

Professor Dias Jeremias, Commissioner for Human Resources of the ECOWAS Commission, said that ISE has provided technical assistance on institutional reforms to the ECOWAS Commission and EBID.

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Jeremias said that since the signing of the contribution agreement between the stakeholders and the commissioning by Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) towards the end of 2020, the ISE is committed to supporting the programs of the ECOWAS Commission.

“This community of internal trainers will be involved in the training, coaching and mentoring of existing staff members and possibly newcomers within ECOWAS institutions and agencies.

“Even before the implementation of the ISE, the global action “Support to the ECOWAS Commission on organizational development” had already started to identify the training needs of the ECOWAS Commission in the field of training materials, equipment and human capital.

“Thanks to this support, from the beginning of the implementation of the ISE, the purchase of identified training materials and equipment had also started.

“In addition to this, 32 internal trainers were trained at the Lagos Business school, from August 23 to September 3, 2021.

“The training was intended to support the staff skills audit report’s recommendation on the need to build a pool of internal subject matter experts, who will in turn train other staff, creating an internal environment of knowledge sharing and the creation of a culture of continuous learning.

“This launch event therefore serves to celebrate the efforts of all stakeholders involved in this development journey,” said Jeremias.

Jeremias said the event captures two activities infused in the launch phase of ISE – the handover of IT equipment, training materials and furniture to the ECOWAS Staff Training Centre.

He added that the event will also include the graduation ceremony of the first group of ECOWAS internal trainers.

Jeremias appreciated the EU and GIZ for their cooperation and continued support to ECOWAS by providing technical expertise to support the development of regulations, policies, processes and other internal capacity building measures. (NOPE)