Lagos challenges staff on innovative public service

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


The Lagos State government has challenged its staff to be more innovative, embrace attitude of modernising governance and give priority to productivity.

The government says it is poised to examine those areas, processes, Institutions and practices that need to be overhauled and remodeled to achieve the goal.

The State’s Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson-Oke gave this indication at a training workshop for top management officers on the need to adopt ‘Agile Management Model,’ to achieve highest standard of value-driven services for the Public Service in the 21st Century.

Paper presentation
Delivering a paper on ‘Strategic Management and Transformational Leadership  in the 21st Century ‘Agile- Management Model’, Dr Benson-Oke said that the State envisioned a situation where the State services meet contemporary global standards and reasonable expectations of the citizens.

“From a citizen and governmental perspective, the key expectations from a 21st century Lagos State Public Service are the ability to transplant private sector-tested management therioes into the public service, realistic and practically-grounded policy formulation and execution, the deepening of technical knowledge and utilisation of modern tools.”

“The appreciation of the need to focus on details and importantly, the prioritisation of productivity on individual levels in terms of time utilisation and work modalities becomes imperative,”the Commissioner said.

He stated that Agile management model called for public service institutions to be ready and open to integrating contemporary leadership principles and management theories into its modes of operations.

Essence of training
According to him, “the essence of the training is to fill the gap between the actual and the expected. When you want the best of your staff, you have to continuously move them from the current state to a higher level of production.”

Dr Benson-Oke explained that the training would guarantee empowerment of the participants towards building accountability, encouraging diversity of ideas and promoting continuous improvement.

The Commissioner was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Rhoda Ayinde.

Agile Model
A facilitator at the workshop, Professor Mike Ikupolati said that Agile Management Model was the breaking down of a complex situation into units so as to make it more relevant to the people.

In other words, the training would enable the participants to be more relevant to their immediate environment in order to develop the State further.

“Agile Management Model is about making the people that are ruling to be at the centre of your policy model. And when you do training like this, it will improve the attitudinal change of the staff, enhance thier skills and broadened thier knowledge so that policies of the government can get to the grassroot,” he said.

Professor Ikupolati explained that human capacity development was a path to achieving a political goal.

He commended the state government for organising such training which is the key to optimal performance.


Mercy Chukwudiebere