Graduates Called upon to Contribute to Recovery Process
The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) Hon. Oblayon Blayon Nyemah has called on graduates of the Institute to meaningfully contribute to the transformation process of Liberia.
The call was contained in a speech he delivered on the Occasion of LIPA First Training Cycle Graduation ceremony held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the University of Liberia Auditorium.
He told the graduates that if Liberia must join the fray of being a capable developmental state in Africa and the global community, it will require the combined effort of every Liberian to ensure that the country is developed and transformed.
The LIPA Director General noted that despite its historical experiences, Liberia can still rise to the top.
Hon. Nyemah further noted that after a decade of a stable political environment, Liberia is gradually reversing from the brain-drain that witnessed the departure of Liberian Professionals to other parts of the world in search of greener pastures.
“ The brunt of that departure of Liberian professionals that has come to bear on us as a nation is being overcome by being mindful of the fact that the certificates we offer is a manifestation of a fellow patriot whose desire is to meaningfully contribute to the transformational process of our country, and the testimony of our quest to ensure that both the Public and Private Sectors of our country, are efficiently manned by individuals adequately prepared with the requisite skills and competence to deliver,” he added.
UNMIL Staff Awarded Certificates in Monitoring and Evaluation
The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) has awarded certificates in Monitoring and Evaluation to over twenty staff of the United Nations Mission In Liberia (UNMIL).
The five-day intensive training program was intended to enhance the capacity of senior and middle staff of the Unite Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL.
At the closing ceremony held at the UNMIL Headquarters in the Pan African Plaza Building in Sinkor, LIPA Director General Hon. Oblayon Blayon Nyemah appreciated UNMIL for collaborating with LIPA in conducting training for the staff of UNMIL.
DG Nyemah said, with such training, the participants will have a broad knowledge in Monitoring and Evaluation and will be able to apply what they have learned as they move on with their professional lives.
The participants, for their part, appreciated LIPA for organizing the training, noting that it was rewarding and assured the Institution that they will use the knowledge and skills wisely.
314 Civil and Public Servants Awarded Certificates in Performance Management
The Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 certificated three hundred and fourteen Civil and Public Servants who successfully completed the Government Performance Management System Training.
The Government Performance Management System Training (PMST) is part of the Public Sector Modernization Project intended to improve the performance of Civil Servants. The program which commenced December 1, 2015 to March 18, 2016 at LIPA, is supported by USAID, SIDA and the World Bank.
The training was conducted for Assistant Ministers, Directors, Assistant Directors and head of units and divisions from the seven participating Ministries and the two implementing Agencies and Commission including Finance and Development Planning, Information Culture Affairs and Tourism, Internal Affairs, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Health, Education, State, Liberia Institute of Public Administration, Civil Service Agency and Governance Commission.
Serving as Keynote Speaker at the occasion, held at the University of Liberia Auditorium, the Deputy Director General for Human Resource at the Civil Service Agency Mrs. Wanneh Clarke Reeves commended LIPA for the leadership style the Institution has exhibited over the years in addressing the capacity needs of Public officials.
The DDG of CSA Mrs. Reeves said the CSA is very proud of the kind of work LIPA is doing to build the capacity of Liberians, and called on the Institution to continue rendering quality services to the Public and Private Sectors, and admonished the participants to work harder so as to improve performance at their various institutions.
LNP/BIN Officers Certificated in Human Resource Management
Twenty four Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) have received certificates in Human Resource Management from the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA).
The participants were awarded the certificates following a three day intensive Training of Trainers (TOT) in Human Resource Management from June 22-24, 2016.
The exercise which is supported by the United Nations Mission Police (UNPO) and conducted by LIPA, brought together Senior and junior officers of both Institutions and will enable them conduct training for their colleagues in Basic Facilities as well as Human Resource Management.
The training is also aimed at capacitating LNP and BIN officers in preparation of UNMIL draw down.
Key Topics threated during the training, include: Report and Proposal Writing, Presentation skills and Basic Facilities Management among others.
Speaking at the end of the training, the Deputy Director General for Training at LIPA Mrs. Jarso Jallah Saygbe commended officers of the two security institutions for their time in gaining new Knowledge and skills. She encouraged them to make use of the training by applying what they have learned at their respective institutions.
Also speaking, the participants represented by one of their colleagues thanked LIPA for the training and assured that knowledge acquired during the training will be fully utilized.
LIPA Longest Employee Laid to Rest
The oldest serving employee of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) Mr. Budu Sherman was finally laid to rest in his home town, Bendu, in Grand Cape Mount County.
Mr. Sherman who served LIPA for thirty nine years, died on June 2, 2016 at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital following a protracted period of illness.
Prior to his demise, the late Budu Sherman served LIPA in several key positions including Budget officer, Personnel Director and Training Specialist among others.
The late Sherman who was highly admired by his peers, workmates and friends and love ones, was buried on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Bendu Grand Cape Mount County following the funeral service.
2016 First Training Cycle Ends, 299 received Certificates
The 2016 First Training Cycle has ended at the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) with Two hundred and ninety nine participants awarded certificates in several disciplines.
The graduation ceremony which was held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the University of Liberia auditorium brought together faculty and staff of LIPA, officials of Government, Representatives of nominated Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs), family members of the graduates and well-wishers among others.
Serving as Keynote Speaker at the ceremony, the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Hon. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba congratulated the graduates for the achievements in their academic sojourn.
Commissioner General Tamba urged them to make use of other training opportunities to enable them contribute to the growth and development of Liberia. “With determination and hard work we can overcome more obstacles in beginning the reconstruction of our Nation after the war years, and in eradicating the deadly Ebola Virus Disease from our mother land,” she cautioned the graduates. The LRA Boss further called on the graduates to build and maintain their future for high integrity in order to demonstrate professionalism at their various work places.
Death Snatches longest serving LIPA Staff
The Liberia Institute of Public Administration has again suffered a major blow as death has snatched away its longest serving staff Mr. Budu Sherman.
Mr. Budu Sherman died in Monrovia on June 2, 2016 following a protracted period of illness. The late Mr. Sherman served LIPA for over twenty-three years in various capacities including Supervising Clerk, Budget Officer, Personnel Director, Director of Administration, Acting Director General, Director of Institutional Planning, Resource Management & Budget and lastly before his death Director of Finance & Budget at LIPA.
The Late Budu Sherman was a very resourceful, humble and quiet staff during work period at LIPA and will dearly be missed.
The board of Directors, Director General, Administration and Staff of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration, LIPA will dearly miss this outstanding Staff and want to extend deepest condolences to his family for their irreparable loss.
REST IN PEACE BUDU!
(Monrovia, Liberia, June1, 2016) The Alternative Media Forum has honored LIPA’s Director General, Honorable Oblayon Blayon Nyemah Sr. According to the group’s National Coordinator Martin Blayon, the recognition of Hon. Nyemah is a result of the meaningful contributions he has made towards Liberia’s rebuilding process.
Mr. Blayon said Hon. Nyemah over the past years has provided Liberians the opportunity to build their capacity at LIPA. He noted that LIPA through D.G. Nyemah has been able to train Liberians both in the Public and Private Sectors to prepare for the job market.
Responding to the honor, the LIPA's Boss, Hon. Nyemah appreciated the group for the recognition, noting that he was grateful for such honor.
He commended the group for recounting all of those contributions he has made towards the growth and development of Liberia.
The brief honoring ceremony coincided with the 48th Birth Anniversary of D.G. Nyemah that was held on Wednesday, May18, 2016 at LIPA premises in Mamba Point.
(Monrovia, Liberia, June 9, 2016) The Governance and Economic Management Support Project ( GEMS ) has done an overview of its end of project in Liberia with LIPA given more focus in the Report.
The GEMS project which focuses on Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) is intended to enhance effective accountability and inclusive governance in these Public Institutions, thereby enabling them to perform their targeted Public Sector functions.
About seventeen Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) including LIPA are beneficiaries of the GEMS project in Liberia which has just ended.
Providing an overview of the-End of Project at a one day symposium held at the Monrovia City Hall on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, USAID GEMS Chief of Party Victoria Cooper-Enchia said her organization objective to support LIPA is to enable the Institute provide quality capacity building services to its clients.
She noted that LIPA ability to build capacity in the Public Sector is critical in sustaining the many reforms Government has embarked on towards achieving the objective of the Agenda for Transformation.
The USAID GEMS COP said as part of her organization partnership with LIPA, was able to conduct a perception survey of the Institute’s Trainees and Supervisors, which according to her has produced positive results.
She noted that in 2010 and 2011 the enrollment of Participants at the Institution was around two hundred, adding that between 2012 and 2013 the number was increased to nine hundred Participants.
(Monrovia, Liberia, May 24, 2016) Staff of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) have benefited from a one day session on Work and Performance Planning of the Institute. The training conducted by LIPA and supported by USAID GEMS, was held on Thursday, May12, 2016 at the Rose Garden Plaza on Crown Hill Monrovia.
The training which was intended to improve performance and increase productivity among staff of LIPA, brought together both junior and senior staff of the Institute. During the workshop, the Participants were asked to group themselves according to Department to come up with the Annual Work Plan of their various departments, which will be incorporated into the Institute’s Annual work plan.
Making remarks during the workshop, USAID GEMS Chief of Party, Mrs. Victoria Cooper-Enchia, said with the level of support her organization has given LIPA, she will be happy to see the Institution begin to implement those programs that were put into place by GEMS.
She said for LIPA to be able to achieve the objectives of its Annual Work Plan, there is a need for individual Staffers to begin developing annual performance plan in their various departments or units.
The USAID GEMS Chief of Party has meanwhile challenged the Management of LIPA to do everything possible so as to achieve the objective of the Institute's Annual Work Plan before the end of 2016.
For his part LIPA Director General Hon. Oblayon Blayon Nyemah Sr, expressed gratitude to USAID GEMS for the support it has given LIPA over the last four years. He said as Gems is finally closing down on its project, training of such nature will help LIPA to do its work independently.
The LIPA Director General also used the occasion to encourage participants to work harder in order to achieve the objective for which the Institute was established.