The former Ogle Estate compound will soon house the Public Service Staff College, according to President David Granger. The establishment of the institution is part of government’s efforts to rein in corruption and improve efficiency in the Public Sector.
The proposed Public Service College will have four faculties that will produce graduates with university level qualifications.
The faculties are: International Relations (Foreign Service), Defence, Public Administration, and Information Technology. Shortly after taking office in 2015, President Granger had announced that the Public Service College will be established. He made the announcement during a conference with various Permanent Secretaries and heads of state agencies at the Guyana International Conference Centre where he declared the entire public service was in dire need of reform. He noted that public servants must possess expert knowledge and high standards to improve the sector’s efficiency and increase the satisfaction of the people of Guyana. Therefore, the establishment of the Public Service College for those desirous of a career in the public service sector is deemed by the Granger Administration as “a step in the right direction”. Further, the President noted that the public service should be established firmly on the basis of an effective merit system and not on the basis of political partiality. As such, he anticipates the functioning of the college would assist in ensuring the merit system is reinforced. Earlier this year, the Head of State had toured the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) Headquarters located at Ogle, East Coast Demerara, as a possible area for the college. During the visit, GuySuCo head Errol Hanoman had said the premises will be vacant as a result of plans to relocate the company’s restructuring.