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Public servants empowerment programme enters final stretch

The last segment of the one-year empowerment programme for at least 65 public officers under the Public Service Emerging Leaders Fellowship (PSELF) has kicked off in Nairobi.

The programme under the tutelage of the Emerging Public Leaders Foundation in conjunction with the Public Service Commission (PSC), entered the last phase of the one-year programme starting November 27th to December 1st at a Nairobi hotel.

Caren Wakoli, the Founder and Executive Director of Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF – Africa) during segment 4 of the Emerging Leaders Fellowoship. Photo by Winnie Wachira

Beneficiaries of the programme, who must be Public Servants between the ages of 18 to 35 years were shortlisted before undergoing the training and empowerment tutorials to sharpen their skills in the delivery of service.

The former Head of Public Service, Dr. Sally Kosgei EGH, urged the fellows to have confidence in what they are doing as long as they do it properly and respectfully.

“Do not take things to heart or be put down on the grounds of gender, hierarchy, age, or any other prejudices in the public sector,” she said.

She underscored the importance of building and maintaining personal and professional networks with everyone for longevity in the service.

Public Service Commissioner Dr. Mary Mwiandi, encouraged public servants to remain committed to the cause of citizen-centric service.

“Leadership requires passion and drive. Take challenges as an opportunity to learn something new,” she said.

“Whether born, made, or created, a leader must be felt and seen. Sacrifices have to be made to secure the nation’s future,” added the commissioner.

Caren Wakoli, the founder and executive director of the Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF-Africa), highlighted the importance of the mentorship programme for young public servants and the foreseen great results in public service, encompassing purpose and focus.

“Never let a good crisis go to waste. Use it as an opportunity,” she added.

By Winnie Wachira

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