Defence Principal Secretary, Patrick Mariru has emphasized the importance of Personal Financial Management among the Ministry Staff terming it a crucial step towards improvement of their lives and subsequently serving the public with vigour and modesty.
The PS, who earlier this week spearheaded Ministry engagement with different banks across the country pointed out that getting educated on personal financial management would expose employees to skills on budgeting, saving and investing, which in the long run may lead to employees living successful lives and well motivated towards the accomplishment of the Ministry’s overall goal.
Mr. Mariru held a substantive engagement with officials from
Equity, Absa, and Co-operative banks at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Nairobi. Officials from KCB bank are expected to visit the Ministry later in the month.
In a meeting with Equity bank representatives, Mr Mariru pointed out that Financial Management is a challenge not only for the Ministry staff but for a majority of civil servants in the country. He acknowledged that staff sensitization on personal financial management is paramount for their peace and stability, translating to enhanced service delivery in the Public Service.
Equity bank is partnering with MoD to train civilian staff at the Ministry on Personal Financial Management skills. This will be a continuous program to be conducted in phases, targeting staff at the Ministry, those joining the Ministry and those approaching retirement age.
The PS, therefore, tasked the Ministry Director of Human Resource Management and Development Dr Lilian Nzavi to take charge of the program and develop the training schedule and demographic of staff to be trained.
The first training will be held in Naivasha between the 21st and 24th of February 2023 targeting Junior staff at the ministry. This will precede a similar training for Ministry Heads of Department that will be conducted during their team-building exercise scheduled for the month of March this year.