Chweya calls for high levels of expertiseKSG-admin
By Samwel Kumba and Stella Wairimu
The Head of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua has invited state corporations to nominate their board members to a three day Board Induction Seminar offered by the Kenya School of Government. Vide a circular OP/CAB.9/128, dated October 8, 2020, Dr. Kinyua termed the School as ‘the principal government institution charged with capacity building for public officers.’
The School has partnered with the State Corporations Advisory Committee (SCAC) to offer this Board Induction Seminar.
“This partnership augments the intent of sustaining the School’s place as the premier institution specializing in holistic, experiential and practical learning on public sector policy and application,” the Head of Public Service Circular read in part.
Indeed, KSG Director General Prof. Ludeki Chweya reiterates that the School is a national capacity development institution with the statutory mandate of providing programs for the public service through training, expert consultancy services and problem solving research.
The two institutions carried an assessment of the capacity development requirements of state corporations and developed suitable curricula for training, the first one being the Board Induction Seminar.
Evidently, the Induction seeks to equip Board Members with requisite skills in the revolution of public service and expedite realization of the goals expressed in the Kenya Vision 2030 Development blue print.
The focus areas explored during the training include aspects of performance, corporate governance, effective management, ethics and integrity, investments management, statutory and policy compliance, digitization of operations, innovation and leadership.
The School has gone further to develop case studies and other resource materials that help support learning during the Seminar.
According to Prof. Chweya, this is part of the lager plan to roll out and deliver new programs, and develop strategies for increased uptake of already existing training programs at the School namely Accounting Officers Program – which is for Chief Executive Officers and other accounting officers – Transformative Leadership Course, Corporate Governance for Public Sector Boards, and Strategic Leadership Development Program.
The Board Induction Seminar course content encompasses State Corporations establishment structures and management, governance of state corporations legal, policy and institutional framework, harnessing human resource for peak performance, public procurement and assets disposable framework, corporate branding and communication, and protective security in State Corporations.
To date, KSG has mounted five cohorts of the Board Induction Seminar and graduated over two hundred Board and Council Members.
During one of the graduation ceremonies in Mombasa Campus last week, Prof. Chweya urged the directors to observe all standards of ethics with high levels of expertise.
“This Induction Seminar lays emphasis on critical issues in Board organization and operations, particularly the importance of state corporations, functioning of Government, responsibilities of Boards, conducts of Board affairs based on Mwongozo Code of Conduct of State Corporations, strategic direction through planning, policy, and resource mobilization as well as oversight responsibility through the budget and audit function,” said Prof. Chweya.
He observed that the mandate of members of board requires that they abide by laws that govern their respective institutions, the public service and the country and as such cannot afford to make mistakes.
He said: “For leaders, there is no room for mistakes or omission in the trade of your work. Serve the public service with equality. The Government requires you to protect and safeguard the dignity of the offices you hold.”