Cabinet Secretary concerned about productivity in the public sector vis-a-vis training provided

Ferrol speaking at the opening of the Strategic Planning Week seminar

Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Steve Ferrol has voiced his dissatisfaction with the level of increase in performance and productivity within the public sector in relation to the training which is being provided for public officers

Ferrol was speaking at a Strategic Planning Week seminar, organized by the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, which was held on Monday.

“It’s  becoming more and more evident that the volume of training programmes attended at the national, regional and international level by officers within a wide cross section within the public service, has not quite measured up to a commensurate level of increase in performance and productivity within the public sector,” he said.

According to the Cabinet Secretary, these trainings comprise a host of workshops, seminars, working sessions, attachments and long-term study introducing new techniques and methodologies, “that should make our government operations second to none.”

However, Ferrol said when measured by the quality of work, reports, presentations and overall output made as part of the workings of the government systems, many fall short.

He went on to say that, “it would be interesting to carry out an exercise this week as part of your programme if some time would be permitted to examine why is this.”

He saluted public officers who step out every day to give their best.

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  1. "maho pima
    May 31, 2019

    What you expect when they put NEP employees in positions they cannot manage? some of them feel is their party in power so they can do what they want, no productivity. People who are retired are brought back, by the way, why is there a retirement age? I ask because many people retire, and they are rehired, why don’t they train persons to take over when a person retires?

  2. Truth
    May 30, 2019

    Mr. Ferrol, how the heck will you all get productivity when all you all do is PROMOTE people because the support DLP and they are unable to do the jobs you all promote them in?

    There is are Supervisors in certain Government Offices, like the Treasury, who refuses to recommend appointments of their subordinates, because the subordinates are more qualified than they the Supervisor…
    If you are from certain constituencies you are not promoted because the Opposition is ruling that area…
    The Police Force is another story… A man who is unable to stand in Court came from washing the Commissioners tires to ASP in less than ten years… Officers Weekes one of the most qualified Police Officers is side tracked for promotion and all Pussy cat is promoted over him… HOW CAN YOU ALL DEMOTIVATE EMPLOYEES/PUBLIC SERVANTS TO THIS EXTENT AND EXPECT THEM TO PRODUCE?? Really Mr. Ferrol? Really??
    You have opened a can of worms…

  3. Ninja
    May 30, 2019

    Wicked wicked souls for real. He and his prestigious wifey. Smfh!!!

  4. RandyX
    May 30, 2019

    Once the head is rotten the body can not function anymore. I blame the government for this. How can one perform when one has to constantly look over ones shoulders and ensure that one sings the correct song. They all in fear of that clown from the north.

  5. Child of Itassi
    May 30, 2019

    Steve, save yourself from this kakistocracy and bail out. Go to your boss’s office. It’s not far. Open the door, and sing “Captain! De ship is sinking! Captain! De seas are rough!”

  6. Toto
    May 30, 2019

    Hahaha Steve, imagine they all busy reading DNO and giving you a thumbs down because they get victimise if they criticise government openly.

  7. viewsexpressed
    May 30, 2019

    “Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Steve Ferrol has voiced his dissatisfaction with the level of increase in performance and productivity within the public sector in relation to the training which is being provided for public officers” Ferrol, please be guided. You appear stuck in air conditioned office room at the Financial Centre where the planned Bobols (you know)took place and continues. Recall the initial Bobols that Hon Lennox Linton exposed you`ll about. So Ferrol, stop your silly ole talk and leave us civil servants alone and go mind your funky business with Skerrit. this is where people like you are like Tatar stuck on Skerrit. You guys are suppose to be academics and professionals to serve our government and sad, but yet it appears even with your credibility we still are in a failed state and deteriorated quickly under this failed and immature ODD PM, Skerrit.
    Ferrol, our Dominica is in a state of poor governance and hope that you`re not in denial. Skerrit Go you failed us.

    • Truth
      May 30, 2019

      The persons who are TRAINED are NOT the ones promoted… Neither the Civil Servants /Police… It appears to be who funking who to get promotions…

  8. viewsexpressed
    May 30, 2019

    “Cabinet Secretary concerned about productivity in the public sector vis-à-vis training provided”. My God, I`m happy to read that this. Ferrol needs a spoonful of his own medicine, still sold at the Pharmacies in Roseau,. What I am getting at is this appears to be a deliberate denial and hypocrisy of the reality of the situation of our country, its poor governance, its functions are in. All these talk and press conferences is just fake news to dispel the truth of the corruption that is taking place at the highest level in Dominica. People like Ferrol come on media to attempt to appease us Dominicans to this day to believe that something is happening by this corrupt labour government ably supported by Skerrit’s blind acolytes and they, these Skerrit`s blind political clowns have concerns for our Domininca. So Ferrol is “concerned”, appears severely and I have diagnosed that he is not sick and need to have some Ferrol to help get rid of these Bobol practices that surround him…

  9. ibo france
    May 30, 2019

    The primary reason why the public sector is so dysfunctional and unproductive is that there are too many square pegs in round holes. Government departments are stacked with political appointees, in supervisory positions, that are incapable of competent performance. A comparison of Dominica with its other OECS counterparts, is a damning indictment of this twenty year old Skerrit-led DLP corrupt administration.

  10. iprotest
    May 30, 2019

    this guy sounds like he is trying to blame or badmouth someone or some people and bringing himself.

    You talking of de failings of individuals and fail to realize that on de outside we see government functions itself failing

    who do you blame for dat?

  11. ronald
    May 29, 2019

    yeah yeah Steve,what do you expect when people are employed and promoted by political persuasion

  12. Mike
    May 29, 2019

    Maybe making it as easy to fire a public worker as it is to fire a private sector workers, this might do the trick.

  13. Belbeff
    May 29, 2019

    What u expect if you only send labour supporters and friends of the ministers to trainings regardless of their qualifications
    What u expect when the workforce is underpaid and stressed due to financial problems
    Not even the PM can perform much less

  14. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 29, 2019

     Nobody want to listen to such useless; unwarranted babbling; in  Dominica each election year the word productivity is evoked to influence the unsuspecting public that our public servants (civil servants) are to be blamed for all the none productive ills in the country!

    The fact is; the immediate government is a none productive government, as such there can’t be any productivity in the country.

    The word productivity sounds bigger than the meaning; which simply means, the quality or state of being productive, or the rate: (speed or time it takes to produce “make something).
    What are the civil servants producing in terms of manufacturing?

    About a decade ago Roosevelt paid Parry Bellot to do an in depth productivity study of the civil service, to this day we have yet to see or hear what is written in Parry’s findings and report.

    It now time for another hype, so the blame the civil service game is on!

    Admin; Parry won’t sue, we tangle in another forum he’ll only…

  15. Genuine Public Officer
    May 29, 2019

    A few years ago, a productivity consultant was contracted to work in the public service. One of his findings was that, there is a high level of unproductivity in the public service. He was castigated on all front. The statement by the ‘cab sec’ just vindicated that former productivity consultant. Congrats SIR!!!!

    Now that the ‘cab sec’ is not satisfied with the ‘return on investment’ from these public officers, since they are not ‘delivering the good’ vis-à-vis the training received, what would be his recommendation to address this?

  16. Ninja
    May 29, 2019

    Try and go home when age of retirement reach and let people move up. Is you and your family that running the public service what all you says goes!!! :-| 8) :(

  17. time has told
    May 29, 2019

    Not just that, have you all seen the way most of our government offices look? SHABBY! old furniture, cramped spaces, wires everywhere, all kinds of lighting. Our government is the one that has had access to the most money ever, but the country is in a state, the government offices same thing. But millions spent all over the place. It took maria to expose a lot of the short comings. For examply the Inland Revenue Division building on high street. The Traffic and Licensing building next door. Deplorable. The Fire Station, the Police Stations. Deplorable. How can you expect top productivity when the environments you have your state workers working in are lacking and ugly to say the least. CBI office is very nice, the new NEP office is well decorated. Those are your flagships it seems.

  18. Anthony P. Ismael MInister of Free Pampers
    May 29, 2019

    Finally, someone is willing to speak truth to power. While I do not want to castigate the entire public service sector, it has been like a weight around a chicken’s neck for decades now. A small island nation like ours cannot be productive with the poor output that we have been saddled with from the public service sector. You walk up to Ministry to conduct business and you’re provided with the following excuses: The person responsible for attending to your issue is: Either off island, out sick, out to lunch or in a meeting. As such, the entire department crawls to a screeching halt, minus one head honcho. For example, my friend who was traveling was unable to obtain a copy of his marriage certificate, because the lady responsible for handing them out, was out sick. This is utter madness. Cross departmental training and functionality should be the order of the day. If one principal is out for any reason, the department should continue to function in that person’s absence.

  19. victim
    May 29, 2019

    Chad alone that productive, all u send him to train in china and he make a tape on lennox linton… everybody else is lazy smh !

    best i make a tape for me to be productive…

    My brother stop embarrassing me :!:

  20. Truth Be Told
    May 29, 2019

    Leadership, lack of leadership! You want to blame the civil and public servants for this Government’s failures? When you put only friends, family and Labour party supporters in key positions that they are not competent enough to perform in, what do you expect? You you keep bringing back the past failures out of retirement to hold leadership positions instead of inspiring, encouraging and promoting those newly qualified and trained, how do you expect them to be more motivated and productive? Go and explain this equation to your Prime Minister! The PM sent you to blame civil servants for Labour Party 20 years of failure? F!

  21. Looking
    May 29, 2019

    One of the key elements affecting productivity in the public service and the country on a whole is government’s intervention with respect to the giving of handouts, nepotism and favoritism. Party loyalist are rewarded because of them jumping up the highest for their party. They are promoted to positions they did not deserve, NEP is just another example. Unless there is a just system, the country will never be productive. Keep dreaming on.

  22. %
    May 29, 2019

    Maybe the wrong people are attending these seminars, workshops, etc. Could be that the employees are underpaid and they are fighting back, could be that they are politically employed but cannot do the job, could be that they are just lazy, because lazy people are the recipient of large amounts of money from some desperate politicians that are scared of losing office.
    S m g
    S m g
    L S m g n

  23. Is That
    May 29, 2019

    He saluted public officers who step out every day to give their best.Thanks Cab Sec to you and your wife for giving out your best.WICKED SOULS!

    May 29, 2019

    SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW???? The Secretary to the Cabinet is a veteran public servant going back many years. He does not need a workshop to provide the answer to his question about the low productivity in the public service despite training ad nauseum. Apart from political issues and staff dissatisfaction, low morale etc , etc, no value is placed on training by public officers. I wonder whether they even pay attention to what is being said at the training(s) by the lecturers. Do they regard the training as an opportunity to improve their work output by implementing at least one action from the training? Do they provide a report on the training attended? Or is it an opportunity to get away from work for the day or the week. Nuff said.

  25. LifeandDeath
    May 29, 2019

    from CARICOM come down

  26. Public Servant
    May 29, 2019

    Ferrel you can provide all the training in the world and the employees are not given the opportunity to carry out their duties in the way they were trained because they are constantly being influenced by the political directorates, encouraging breaking protocol, you will not get productivity. I also believe that is an excuse not to give them and increase in salary.

  27. Pipo
    May 29, 2019

    Oh boy. Steve you have your consultant productivity guru Parry Bellot, how many years now? If he can not tell you what is wrong and how to fix it, fire him. Obviously you are paying money for poor results. If Parry thinks it is not his fault he should resign anyway if he has any professional pride. Sorry Parry but that is how I see it. Could I do any better, I doubt it, not with this government. I believe Public servants going to all these seminars and courses because it is a break for them and maybe they can free lunch. I’m not blaming them.

  28. Iamanidiot
    May 29, 2019

    Maybe because when people retire you bring them back on contract? What zeal do you have to work when you retire and come back 72?

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