From left: (Sitting) Director, Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Ayodeji Aruna; Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Folasade Ogunnaike; Chairman, House Committee on Establishments, Training and Pension, Hon Adedayo Famakinwa; Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola, Benson Oke; Director Accounts; Deji Koko and Chief Executive Officer, Vitech Trainers, Lekan Okediji and employees of the State at the event.
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Chuks Udo Okonta
Employees of Lagos State Government have expressed commitment in their services to the State and its citizenry.
The employees expressed commitment at the opening session of a workshop tagged: ‘Integrating Contemporary Business Leadership into the Corporate Governance Model of the Lagos State Civil Service’ organized by the Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions in conjunction with VITECH Trainers in Lagos.
A grade 14 Dentist at the Mercy Street Children hospital, Lagos Island, Dr. Olufunmilola Odugbemi who said the training is the first she will get from the Ministry aside from the in-house-training said the training will help her improve her service to the citizens of the State.
She said it has made her to start thinking like a contemporary worker adding that the training seeks the employees to leave the way they do things before to a better way of doing things.
I believe government wants us to stop working like we are in civil service and start working like contemporary workers in multinationals. I am optimistic that it will make us stand tall like our colleagues in developed countries, she said.
A senior medical officer in the Ministry of Health on grade level 13, Dr. Islamiya Majorlagbe on her part said she is elated as it was her first training since she joined the Ministry 5 years ago.
According to her, the training will enable her to put in her best noting that she is looking forward to imbibing whatever she learns into her day to day activity at the Ministry.
She is also optimistic that she and her colleagues will push Lagos State service to the center of excellence as it is always known.
Oblafemi Craige of the Ministry of Information and Strategy said his takeaway is the human capacity building which is the essence of the training.
He said the Lagos State Government is creating an enabling environment for its personnel to key into a visionary drive that changes the face of how things are done.
Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola, Benson in his keynote address stated that Governoer Akinwunmi Ambode has observed that reforms must be informed by the expectations of citizens.
He stressed that the overriding observation today is that citizens expect the government to comply with global best practices in democratic governance.
He said: “Before embarking on such a venture, however, it is useful to bear in mind the specific practical and empirical illustrations of the expectations from the citizenry from the government. In addition to that, it is helpful to analyze the various theories on leadership styles that may be adapted and thereafter adopted into the Lagos State Civil Service to bring about efficiency-oriented reforms.
“Generally, the citizenry is rightly expecting public sector reforms that will improve government efficiency, Irease citizen satisfaction, careate citizen buy-in and increase government transparency and accountability, engage them in the decision-making processes of the government and improve government responsiveness.
“With these expectations firmly in mind, it is gratifying to note that in Lagos State, we have a government that has boldly embraced this challenge of modernizing governance and approaching the task of public administration. The Governor is poised to examine those areas, processes and institutions and practices that need to be overhauled or remodeled in order to achieve this end. In approving this training, he is espousing a vision of a Lagos State where government objectives, processes and services meet the contemporary global standards and reasonable expectations of the citizens.
“Without an iota of doubt, all stakeholders agree that the delivery of value to citizens is the fundamental objective of any democratically-elected government. In contemporary times, the delivered value must be delivered to the highest possible standard because citizens have become sophisticated and exposed to the standards of governance in other climes such that their expectations have been conditioned to demand and insist on compliance with global trends in governance and public administration at all levels of governance. Meeting these expectations is the the central challenge for governments in contemporary times,” he added.