The Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), was established after the Federal Government of Nigeria had realized the need to address the prevailing “management capacity gap” that characterized the Public Service immediately after independence, as a result of the exit of expatriate public servants. In order to bridge the gap, the Federal Government commissioned the Institute of Administration in the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1967, to carry out a comprehensive Identification of Training Needs for the entire Public Service and to make recommendations on how to implement the training programmes identified. The assignment was led by Professor Wolles who was the Institute’s Senior Consultant in Public Administration at that time. One of the cardinal recommendations contained in the report submitted to Government in May, 1968 was that “a Civil Service Academy” be established as soon as possible, but within eighteen months. Government considered and approved the recommendation but decided that the proposed “Civil Service Academy” would be called the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) situated in Topo-Badagry and it would be regarded as a foremost management institution for the training of public servants.
Consequently, the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria was established by the Federal Government through Decree No. 39 of 1973 now ASCON Act, Cap. 6, Vol. I LFN 1990 as the principal organ for sustainable human capital development in both the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy with the following specific objectives:
(a) to provide higher management training for the development of Senior executives for public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy;
(b) to provide and arrange for a comparative study and investigation of the principles and techniques of management and administration, and for exchange of ideas and experience and for promotion of better understanding between persons connected with management and administration arising in different spheres of national life;
(c) to award grants, scholarships or travel fellowship to research in public administration and allied subjects;
(d) to conduct research into problems of management and administration arising in different spheres of national life;
(e) to establish and maintain a library;
(f) to undertake, organize and facilitate study courses, conferences, lectures, seminars and the like and to promote the aforesaid objective; and
(g) to undertake and provide for the publication of journals and research papers and books in furtherance of the aforesaid objective.
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