Lagos flags off Public Service week

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


The Lagos State government south west Nigeria has flagged off the 2018 Public Service Week with a promise to honour dedicated and outstanding and dedicated staff.

The State Head of Service, Mrs Folasade Adesoye was speaking at the State Press Centre, Alausa Ikeja on the line up activities for this year’s event.

Public Service Day

Public Service Day Celebration was introduced in 1994 following the resolution of Conference of African Ministers of Civil Service, which obliges all African countries to set aside 23rd June as the Public Service Day to recognize the value of Service to humanity.

Adesoye explained that the State is joining in the celebration which is now assumed a global dimension as it is done the world over.

“The Public Service Day is recognized as a very important initiative to appreciate and recognize workers in the Public Service. It has therefore become imperative since 2001 to organise events in the Lagos State Public Service calendar to commemorate the Day.

“The commemoration, therefore, gives us an opportunity to appreciate the productive and outstanding efforts of the State Public Servants towards effective and efficient service delivery,” Adesoye said.

Economic support

Mrs Adesoye noted that the State would also use the moment to support the Small and Medium Enterprises and young entrepreneurs with the introduction of Ankara Day.

In her words: “One of the high points of this year Public Service week is the promotion of our local fabric- ANKARA. On this day tagged ANKARA DAY “Express Yourself” public servants are encourage to wear Ankara Costume/attire.

“This is to further showcase the state government commitment and support for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs in this line of business which is expected to also boost the GDP of Lagos State.”

While speaking at the Bagauda Khaltho Press Centre Alausa, the Head of Service said that the Theme for this year’s celebration is “Transforming Governance to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals”  which according to her was in line with the progressive reforms being implemented by the Administration of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

Public service reforms

She said that the State Government is making good its promise to institutionalize its commitment to the transformation agenda by delineating and streamlining the functions of MDAs, drawing up Service

Charter and integrating corporate planning in overall reform programme as the innovative approach to service delivery.

The HOS maintained that the State Government was driven by a desire to ensure that service delivery is optimized and that people’s expectations are met on a timely basis.

Growth mindset

She stressed that institutionalization of the ‘Growth Mind Set to replace the ’Fixed Mind Set’ era in the Public Service has so far been fruitful.

According to her “To this extent, all government officials now has clearly defined job schedules against which their performance will be assessed. This approach is based on the perception that Governance must be open, timely, effective and efficient.

“As part of the fallout of the reform, there is increased awareness and realization on the part of Government that the time has come for career Public Servants to move away from career progression based on tenure to performance appraisal.”

The Programme

The HOS highlighted series of events to celebrate the one week programme. And these are:

Day One: Tuesday, 19th June, 2018: Press Conference and Media Tour of few media houses.

Day Two: Wednesday, 20th June, 2012: Parade/Exhibition by MDAs: The day will feature Exhibition by Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as Local Government /Local Council Development Areas and the Judiciary.

Day Three: Thursday, 22nd June 2018: There will be visitation to Charity Homes; Orphanages, Old Peoples’ Home and Rehabilitation Centres.

While a Variety Show tagged “Alausa Has Got Talent” Season II. The Talent Competition will be among Public Servants in Lagos State.

Day Four: Friday, 22nd June, 2018:

Medical screening of different ailments like hypertension, Cervical/Breast and Prostate cancers, Diabetes, Eye test and Hepatitis will be conducted. The screening will be performed free of charge on this day at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa-Ikeja by 10.00a.m.

  1. Special Jumat Service will also hold at Alausa Secretariat Mosque to offer prayers.

Day Five: Saturday, 23rd June, 2012: Walk-for-Fitness by all Civil Servants is scheduled for this day. The Walk is aimed at enhancing the physical and mental fitness of staff and providing a platform for further networking and bonding amongst public servants.

Day Six: Sunday, 24th June, 2018: Interdenominational Thanksgiving Christian Service at the Chapel of Christ the Light, CBD, Alausa, Ikeja.

Day Seven: Monday, 25th June, 2018; The Week will be rounded off on Monday with the Annual Public Lecture on the theme “Transforming Governance to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Outstanding Public Service Award will also be presented to officers who are adjudged to have excelled in their assigned duties and responsibilities in the preceding year. This event will also hold at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa-Ikeja by 10.00am.