Lagos government trains staff on strategic managerial skills

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos


Lagos state government says it will continue to invest in the training of its workforce in order to make them compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.

The State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson-Oke gave the indication at a ‘Strategic Management Workshop’ to enhance the managerial ability of the public servants in the state.

Benson-Oke said that the importance of strategy, strategic planning and strategic management cannot be over emphasised, hence the need to take cautious efforts to embrace the culture.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Clara Omotilewa explained that the need to infuse strategic managerial skills into the officers of the state becomes imperative going by the level of global trend in public management.

The Commissioner stressed that the intense trainings for public servants in the state is to create platform for optimal performance.

“The important and indispensability of strategic management has been proved and validated over the years and organizations have failed to embrace it.

The training is another effort to ensure that Lagos state public service is not one of those organisations” commissioner said

He enjoined the public servants in the state to key into the vision of the government aimed at restructuring and repositioning the state’s civil service.

Legislative support

In his address, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa expressed delight at the level of improvement in the state public service which was attributed to the continuous training being received.

The Speaker who was represented by the Chairman House committee on Establishments, Training, Pensions and Public Service, Hon. Adedayo Famakinwa said that the state’s legislative arm is working in congruence with the policies of the state on staff development and would continue to support the cause.

According to him, “You cannot build anything on nothing and for us to get world class service delivery, we need to ensure that we keep training and retraining of the public servants.

“What we do is to appropriate and that is within the confines of our powers. If we don’t appropriate, there is no way to get fund to organize training of this magnitude and we are assuring the people of the state of our commitment to maintain our oversight functions to ensuring that whatever money accrued for training is well spent”.

Some of the participants who spoke in separate interviews with Voice of Nigeria commended government for its intense and consistent trainings to better individuals and the state at large.

The two-day training is  expected to provide the participants pathway to identify problems and opportunities, gives clearer objectives and directions for the future of the state, results in more effective and better performance and increase satisfaction and motivation.