By Francis Emorut
President Museveni has been hailed for initiating the idea of a Civil Service College that trains public servants with the aim of being a centre of excellence in service delivery and economic development.
“I thank His Excellency the President for coming up with the idea of Civil Service College as a centre of excellence of learning and research policy development,” Jane Kyarisiima Mwesiga, the commissioner of human resource development in the ministry of public service, said.'
“Because of his idea of in- service training centre to reshape public servants' attitudes and make them more productive in innovation and research policy development, every new recruited public officer has to go through induction at the college,” she stated.
The colleged was established in 2010 and has so far trained over 900 public servants across the country.
Mwesiga said this on Friday at the handover of the site for the construction of the Civil Service College to a contractor, China Railway Jianchang Engineering Company Limited, who beat 11 bidders to the contract construct the college on Kisinja Road in Jinja town.
The estimated sh48.8b project occupying 8 acres of land will be handled in two phases as the demolition of the current hostels of National Fisheries Resources Research Centre (NFFRC) on the site begins next week .
The first phase comprises of an administration block and conference facility to be completed in nine months at the cost of sh8.8b while the second phase will involve residential buildings costing sh40.8b.
The Civil Service College currently housed at National Fisheries Resources Research Centre will move to its premises in the next nine months.
Mwesiga implored the contractor to avoid doing a shoddy job and requested the officials to complete the contract on time.
The Resident District Commissioner of Jinja, Richard Gulume, urged the contractor to source raw materials locally to benefit the people of Jinja.
“Sh48.8b is a lot of money and when spread to the local population will benefit a lot therefore, buy building materials locally,” he urged the contractor.
Gulume appealed to public servants to devote time to plan and implement all government policies and programmes since they will now have their own home where they will go for refresher courses.
He warned the contractor not to let the Government down by doing shoddy work and delaying to complete the project on time.
The facility, when completed, will accommodate 500 public officers; 300 residents and 200 non- residents.
The function was attended by Jinja chief administration officer Olive Nakyanzi, the director of National Fisheries Resources Research Centre, Dr. John Balirwa, ministry of public service and ministry of works officials.