ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Saturday approved the training programme of investigation officers and prosecutors for the year 2017.
The NAB chairman approved this while chairing a meeting to review progress of Training of Trainers (TOT) two-week workshop held for NAB Investigation Officers (IOs) and prosecutors at NAB Headquarter which will now impart training to their respective regional bureaus, according to a press release.
During the meeting Director General (DG) Training and Research (T&R) informed the chairman that during 2017, NAB had planned 7 Capacity Building Courses, 4 Staff Development Courses for officials will continue and IT training and understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) have been added this year.
During the meeting, DG (T&R) said that a two-week Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop was conducted at NAB HQ for 18 investigation officers and 7 prosecutors of different regional bureaus. After the training, an assessment written test was also conducted, the DG said. He said that in 2016, 4 refresher courses of two-week duration for IOs/COs were conducted in which 529 investigation officers/case officers attended. He told the meeting two refresher courses for prosecutors were conducted of two-week duration in which 67 prosecutors attended in 2016. The DG also said that three inter-regional trainings were conducted in 2016 of one week duration in which 87 officers /IOs/COs attended the training.
He further said that six Capacity Building Courses for officers/investigation officers/case officers were conducted of two days duration in 2016 and 28 in Land Training Courses were availed in collaboration with Foreign Agencies i.e Australian Federal Police, British High Commission, Asian Development Bank, ICITAP & OPDAT and UNODC during 2016. The 125 NAB officers from regional NAB’s attended these training courses in 2016.
The DG further said that 21 training courses were offered by the academies of other law enforcement agencies, government departments and were availed in 2016 in which 62 NAB officers/investigation officers/case officers attended. He said that besides training of NAB investigation officers/prosecutors, NAB availed 42 training for its secretaries, managerial and administrative staff from local training institutes like Secretariat Training Institute, Islamabad and Pakistan Manpower Institute etc in which 87 officials participated.
The DG T&R Division further added that training programme for the year 2017 has been prepared in the light of regional feedback and input of experts from other law enforcing agencies by T&R Division, which was presented for consideration and approval of the competent authority.
He maintained that course contents have been revised/improved and investigation officer’s refresher courses are planned and will continue to be of 2 weeks on part time basis to ensure 100% participation and to minimise disturbance in routine activities of investigation officers.
The chairman NAB said Bureau gave top priority for capacity building of its Investigation officers (IOs) and, prosecutors on modern lines.
He said that NAB was an apex anti-corruption organisation of the country which had assigned gigantic task of eradication of corruption from the country.
He said this required an extremely dedicated and highly trained manpower to undertake this responsibility. He said that NAB attached great importance to its Human Resource Development.
Accordingly, a comprehensive yearly Training Plan for 2017 had been devised to ensure continued professional development of its officers/officials and prosecutors.
In order to ensure successful implementation of the training plan, it is equally important that trainers are fully capable and geared up to undertake this responsibility.
He said training cells created at all regional levels are primarily responsible to liaise and carry out the planned activities in their respective regional bureaus. Therefore, the Training of Trainers (ToT) programme at NAB Headquarters was organised by the T&R Division NAB at NAB Headquarters.
Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that NAB gives top priority to the training of its investigation officers/prosecutors. This all will add up in the overall performance of NAB, he added.
The chairman NAB directed DG (T&R) to implement Training plan for 2017 in letter and spirit. He said that training was a continuous process which was an important and serious aspect in the capacity building of NAB investigation officers/officials and prosecutors and the cutting-edge of effective job performance. He said that training was an instrument through which human capabilities are developed for enhancing practical and productive efforts.
The chairman NAB said that NAB was committed to eradicate corruption and corrupt practices from the country and bring the guilty to book according to the law. He said that NAB recognised the centrality of training as a tool of improvement and maintaining the quality of its manpower. He said that a standardised syllabus for all investigation officers, refresher and capacity building courses on accounts matters, general financial rules, FR, SR, digital forensic question documents and finger print analysis had been formulated by NAB to ensure quality and uniformity. It will help NAB in achieving standard application of SOPs, laws and rules.
The performance objectives of training programmes will also be continuously evaluated so as to form a basis for subsequent review and improvements in future training needs. He said that incoming investigation officers will be trained on modern lines.
The course contents have been designed and a standardised syllabus for all investigation officers/prosecutors for their capacity building courses were being formulated to ensure quality and uniformity which would help NAB in achieving standard application of SOPs/laws.