Government spends over N300bn annually on overseas training

Nigerians' taste for anything foreign is in grand style, including food, healthcare, education and many more. This latest revelation is calling for a change in the lifestyle of Nigerians and our leaders.

The Director General of Centre for Management Development, Dr.-Kabir-Kabo-Usman

The centre is established under the Act No 51 of 1976, to cater for human resources management and development in the country.

The CMD’s Director General, Dr Kabir Kabo Usman, during an interview with a Nigerian newspaper the Nation said the federal government and its agencies expend several millions of dollars on training and capacity building of her personnel in various foreign countries on a yearly basis.

“We had about 500, 000 Nigerians going for one type of overseas training or the other annually; even if we only spent about ten thousand dollars on each one of only 100, 000 of them, we are talking about $1billion.

“If you convert that to Naira even at a lower rate of N300 to a dollar, it tells you that we were spending at least N300 billion.

“If we have only one per cent of the local content of training being domesticated, we will save at least one billion naira and you can imagine the kind of jobs, about 100, 000 jobs that we can create in this country,” he asserted.

Lamenting the situation as a source of capital flight, and indication of ‘financial indiscipline’ among certain administrators in the government circle who are insensitive to the danger this act poses to economic development, especially, at a time when everyone is calling on the government to revive the nation’s ailing economy.

Also addressing the possible economic cost of this trend, the DG stressed that if this amount is spend on local training companies, it could have generate 100, 000 new jobs at home. And that the centre has the required skilled staff that can deliver most of these capacity-building trainings people go for abroad.

“We have sharpened the skills and competencies of our staff by exposing them to various international trainings. What is left is for us to cascade what we have acquired to the grassroots for higher productivity. In the same vein, in 2015 alone, CMD trained over 2000 personnel from both the public and private sectors on capacity-building programmes,” Usman stressed.

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