Lagos restates commitment to world-class public service

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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There is need for optimal performance in the discharge of public servants’ duties and roles in Lagos State.

The Lagos State government has re-echoed its determination to create a vibrant and world class public service.

The State Commissioner for Establishments Training and Pensions, Mr Akintola Benson-Oke stated this while declaring open a training workshop involving top management officers in the state on “Coaching for Higher Performance in Lagos State”.

Goals for training
Mr. Benson-Oke in his keynote address titled: “Coaching as a vehicle for realising the potentials of the Lagos State Public Service”, said the ultimate goal of the administration’s investments in training workshops is for the “State public service to attain that optimal state of performance and effectiveness where its units and teams are headed by individuals who are grounded with leadership qualities”.

The Commissioner explained that the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is keen to provide adequate training for the public servants in order to ensure optimal performance in the discharge of their role.

Coaching Workshops
Speaking on what informed the State government’s consistent training of the public servants in the State, Benso-Oke said “Government want to give them proper training so that they can compete with their counterpart in other part of the world and to also ensure efficient service delivery in the public service. And after receiving the world standard training, then what is obtainable in other developed countries will be replicated back home with some little adjustment based on the social setting”.

“The Coaching is for the entire Lagos public servants whom we regarded as core engine room to ensure higher and effective productivity in whatever they are doing so that they will know the modern tools and be abreast of what’s going on across the globe, in terms of public administration”.

He emphasised on the continuous infrastructural renewal projects scattered across the State which according to him could be attributed to the economic status of the State.

“Lagos is the 5th largest economy and the current administration is making effort to ensure it climbs the third position in the world by 2023, so efforts must be concentrated on the major players, that is, the civil servants who administer the process,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Clara Omotilewa commended the zeal shown by the government to ensure consistence training of the State work force.

While addressing the participants on the importance of the workshops she said: “Government has organised this, having realised civil servants as the engine room of the public service. For you to hone your skills and ensure that you rise from good to better and best, you need training and further training”.

 She promised that government would continue to invest in every public officer by designing coaching instructions that would increase their knowledge for higher productivity.

Vibrant force
Some of the participants lauded the initiative of government and promised to key into the vision of making Lagos State public service a more vibrant force.

The Coaching is expected to empower individuals and encourage them to take responsibilities, increase employee and staff engagement and improve individuals and organisational performance.

Sammie Idika