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Chuks Udo Okonta
Lagos State Government has pledged to sustain the training of its workforce to enable them provide world-class services to the citizenry.
The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola, Benson Oke, said this today while declaring open a Workshop tagged: ‘Integrating Contemporary Business Leadership into the Corporate Governance Model of the Lagos State Civil Service’ Organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions in conjunction with Messrs. VITECH Trainers, in Lagos.
He noted that the delivery of value to citizens is the fundamental objective of any democratically-elected government, adding that 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 central challenge for governments in contemporary times.
He said the the state seeks to have its template that aligns with global standards, adding that the state has gone beyond the local standards and to operate at international standard, the public servants which are the engine room have to be properly trained and re-trained continuously.
“It is gratifying to note that in Lagos State, we have a government that has boldly embraced this challenge of modernizing governance and innovatively approaching the task of public administration. Led by His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the present administration in Lagos State 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, His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has let us into a portion of his broader vision for governance in Lagos State. From my priviledged and vantage position, I can confirm that it is a vision of a Lagos State where government objectives, processes and services meet the contemporary global standards and reasonable expectations of the citizens,” he said.
Dr Oke said the training will examine the different theories and contemporary approaches with a view to identifying the ones that will fit into Governor Ambode’s robust vision for the Lagos State Civil Service.
The Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Folasade Ogunnaike, maintained that the training will really improve the contributions of the workers to the state, adding that they will continue to add more value to the lives of the citizenry whom they were engaged to serve.