Nigeria redesigns training programme for Civil Servants

Rahila Lassa , Abuja


The Nigerian Government has launched the re-designed 3 core training modules on the Structured Mandatory Assessment Training Programme, SMAT-P, and the Leadership Enhancement Advancement Development Programme, LEAD-P and Induction, specifically organized to mark the commencement of the training activities under the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan, FCSSIP 2017-2020.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita launched the redesigned programme at the Public Service Institute, in Abuja, Nigeria.

According to her, training activities across the MDAs were carried out haphazardly, without considering the actual competencies lacking in the Service.

She said the focus of the plan was to ascertain the obvious knowledge and skill gaps in the Civil Service and design relevant training contents to fill them.

“Over the years, the absence of structured and targeted training programmes for civil servants has been a major challenge to the Federal Civil Service. In most cases, training modules are filled with contents that are mere routine and academic as they were not based on the real work place requirements. This approach has intensified the knowledge and skills gap in the Service.” She said.

She said the FCSSIP-2020 addresses the challenge of untargeted trainings facing the Service.


In-line with that vision, a service-wide Training Needs Assessment was conducted as the initial step towards the redesign and re-launch of the existing three core modules on SMAT-P, LEAD-P and Induction.

The results of the TNA report are evidence-based and supported by scientific and verifiable data which were handled by the civil servants themselves.


Two critical issues emerge from the TNA report:

1.Training contents must be USEFUL to the trainees and must be capable of addressing skill gaps needed in their work place. It therefore follows that the training modules reviewed for SMAT-P, LEAD-P and Induction will contain only useful knowledge, in line with global best practices.


  1. There is a major shift in the methodologies for the delivery of adult learning.  Images, videos, practical syndicate exercises, field trips, etc., are now the preferred options.


Following the report of the TNA conducted across the Service, the new training modules on SMAT-P, LEAD-P and Induction which we are about to launch were redesigned to achieve the following objectives:

1.To have useful contents that are targeted at the actual knowledge and skill gaps in the Service.

2.Contents that are capable of building a job-ready workforce in the Service.

3.Contents that are adult friendly, capable of making learning experience a pleasure rather than stress.

4.Contents that can be blended/digitized, cost effective in delivery, wider in scope of coverage and fit for purpose.

5.To have a standardized training content across the core Service

Contents that engender hands-on and practical participation of trainees during training programmes such that trainees are able to recollect what they were taught and make a difference in their workplace.

Mrs Oyo-Ita noted that the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation will continue to emphasise on Training and Re-Training as a critical measure towards the entrenching of Efficient, Productive Incorruptible and Citizen-Centred (EPIC) Civil Service in Nigeria.

Ime Njoku