“If we fail to meet global standards the country will die,” noted the director of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), Dr Claudius Bart-Williams, yesterday at the Celtel Academy’s inaugural public lecture.
Addressing the audience at the academy’s auditorium at Wilberforce, on the theme ‘Skills for the Future’ Dr Bart-Williams stated that “in 30 years we’ve gone backward everybody else’s has gone forward; we think we are right, no we are not, we are wrong and that’s the fact of the matter.”
Dr Bart-Williams continued, “We have setup our strategic direction process …the development of a world class talent. Anybody who think they cannot meet that they’ll have to seek their accreditation elsewhere, because I have a responsibility when people look at our graduates few years from now they will want to feel we have done the absolute best we can.”
Sierra Leone, the director explained, “I think is finally moving away from a public sector lead system to one that is private sector led, which is more desirable and what that means is it changes the skill set you need to survive that being the case we want to be world class, we want to support the private sector, we want to compete effectively and the skills that we required are both individual skills and functional skills, the unavoidable conclusion which we would draw is that we now need multi-skilled and highly knowledgeable individuals.”He pointed out that in the 21st century, “the perfect employee must assume very functional and cross functional knowledge [by knowing his or her] basic stuff very well.
“You need to be updated as far as current research and thinking in your field is concerned,” the director said, noting that “over the last 25 years the great American economic miracle is achieved by productivity gains driven by technology.”
In his open remarked preceding to the lectures, the Celtel SL, Ltd managing director Ted Sauti-Phiri explained that the company had employed over 95% of Africans in all the countries that it was in operation.
He explained that the company seek to recruit self-motivated and qualified Sierra Leoneans and African nationals who currently reside in the Diaspora and want to come to Africa, noting that this was hinged “to our belief that the continent will be better positioned to take it rightful place in history and development if some of our diasporans come home to use their intellectual capital in Africa”.
The Celtel human resource director, Fela Adeyemi, explained that Africa was changing “we have to open to progress and innovation.”
She noted that, “we need to determine the skills to survive in the future…We need to make our education more relevant to the world and our future”.
The HR director continued: “we can help people identify opportunities and take advantage of them…we need to have a sense of purpose.”