Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Thursday said for Lagos to achieve the aim of moving from a mega-city to a smart-city, the civil servants of Lagos needs to be trained and re-trained so as to increase their productivity in line with the transformation agenda of the state.
Governor Ambode noted this at a two day workshop organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Establishment ,Trainings and Pensions for a group of civil servants in the state, which centers on ‘Previewing the strategies for repositioning the Lagos civil service for higher responsibilities.’
In his speech read by the Commissioner of Establishment,Trainings and Pensions, Dr Akintola Benson Oke, the Governor of Lagos State said the Lagos State civil service has come a long way ,and has help reduce waste in the state.
‘The importance of eliminating waste cannot be over-emphasized.Countless studies have shown that with good and sound process relating to management of time and resources , one finds that meagre resources can be extended to produce outstanding results.In other words, organisations and individuals can achieve more with less.’
Ambode in his address said team work and snergy hold the key to maximum and ultimate performance, noting that there are some who underestimate the value and importance of synergy and team work, that shouldn’t be found in the Lagos civil service.
The Governor of Lagos State at the workshop said he is confident that the Lagos civil service is on the path to being re-positioned for higher effectiveness and responsibilities, noting that there is much to gain from pursuing these strategies and , in doing so the Lagos State civil service is prepared for higher responsibilities which will make Lagos become a smart city.
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Establishment , Trainings and Pensions , Mrs Rohda Ayinde while speaking at the workshop congratulated the trainees , saying that when you are trained, you are well informed. Mrs Ayinde urged the trainees to open their minds during the two day workshop , which will help them prepare for higher capacity because Lagos State is going to the next level.She urged the trainees to utilize what they are taught during the workshop when they return back to work.
Facilitators at the workshop Professor Mike Ikupolati and Carla Massoud, a French -Lebanese lecturer thanked the Lagos State Government for initiating workshops like this to train and re-train the Lagos civil service workforce.While Professor Ikupolati said the two day workshop will position the Civil servants for strategic management , he praised Governor Akinwumi Ambode for being a leader who is always interested in capacity building.Massoud on the other hand said Lagos State Government needs to always develop the capacity of her civil servants so they can compare with their counterparts in any part of the world.