Lagos advocates attitudinal change in public service

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson (middle); Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan (2nd right); Director-General, Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, Mr. Toba Otusanya (right); Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments & Training, Mrs. Clara Ibirogba (2nd left) and Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Pension’s Office, Mr. Adeola Hundeyin (left) at a press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Ikeja on Tuesday.

The Lagos state government says it’s pursuing a campaign that will reposition the mind-set of public servants in order to perform optimally in service delivery.

The  state Commissioner for Establishments Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson says government has invested in the transformation of the state Public Service by engaging all departments and units in training and workshops designed to improve productivity.

Dr Akintola explained that the current status of Lagos state Public Service has been acknowledged by stakeholders which has been adjudged as better equipped to confront the challenges of modern governance and administration.

Work in progress
The Commissioner who delivered a paper titled “Advocacy of the Mind-set: Cultivating and Sustaining a ‘Growth Mindset’ in the Lagos state Public Service” says government is poised to deepened knowledge of the staff considering the continuous quest to perform better because the state is ‘work in progress’.

“While we delight in this achievement, we are mindful that our work is not done . We appreciate that there is a pace called ‘better’.

 To this end, the Lagos state Executive Council has carried out a detailed evaluation of the public service in the light of the investment and progress so far made with a view to determining the next critical step in the effort to ensure that the public service performs at its optimal level and delivers exponential value to the citizens of the state,”he explained.

Growth Mindset
The Lagos state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan notes that it’s imperative for the public servants to transit from ‘Fixed Mindset’ to ‘Growth Mindset’

Bamigbetan believes if individual officers of the state Public Service inculcate growth mindset the state can achieve an effective, productivity and transformational public service.

 “The strategy of Growth Mindset which we have adopted is to allow every civil servant to strive towards excellent service delivery o service to the public”. Bamigbetan said.

Mega to Smart city
Managing Director of the Office of Transformation, Innovation and Creativity, Mr. Toba Otusanya says “Lagos is moving from Mega city to Smart city and there should be a paradigm shift in the ways of operations of the public service”.

He maintains that there will be a monitoring unit to follow on the performance of the advocacy.

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