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Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation, Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) Partner to Empower Directors in the Federal Civil Service

The Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming public service delivery in Africa, has announced a new collaboration initiative with the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), an industry group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) representing about 30-member oil and gas companies that are registered in Nigeria and have an Oil Prospecting License or  an  Oil  Mining  License.  This  collaborative  effort  will  be  implemented  by  the  Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation in collaboration with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF).  It aims to equip Directors in the Federal Civil Service with essential leadership, project management, and communication skills through a targeted training programme.

The initiative underscores the Foundation’s unwavering commitment to strengthening public sector leadership and efficiency. A courtesy visit by the Foundation’s Director of Funding and Partnerships to the leadership of OPTS marks the official launch of this initiative.

“We are delighted by the partnership and support from the OPTS on this critical initiative,” said Bukky Akinsemoyin, Director of Funding and Partnerships at the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation. “Equipping Directors in the Civil Service with the necessary skills will greatly enhance their ability to deliver essential services and drive national development. This initiative exemplifies the positive impact that can be achieved when the public and private sectors come together.”

OPTS,  recognising  the  importance  of  a well-equipped  Civil  Service,  enthusiastically  supports  this training  programme.  “We  at  OPTS  are  firm  believers  in  supporting  initiatives  that  strengthen  the Nigerian public sector,” stated the Executive Director, OPTS, Mr Gwueke Ajaifia. He further emphasized that “by investing in the capacity of Directors, we are investing in the future of Nigeria. OPTS is proud to partner with the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation on this impactful programme.”

This innovative training programme aligns perfectly with the Foundation’s goal of accelerating Nigeria’s development through strategic partnerships that drive public sector transformation. Building on past successes like the collaborative digital skills programme for civil servants with the OHCSF and Microsoft (executed by Wootlab Foundation), this initiative exemplifies the Foundation’s unwavering commitment to empowering Nigeria’s Civil service. The Foundation’s reach extends beyond the domain of digital fluency, as exemplified by its collaboration with the OHCSF on the Leadership Enhancement and Development Programme (LEAD-P). This programme exemplifies the Foundation’s commitment to capacity building, facilitating eight-week internships for civil servants across a diverse range of private sector organisations.

By equipping Directors with essential skills and fostering public-private collaboration, this initiative has the potential to significantly improve public service delivery, ultimately benefiting all Nigerians.

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