By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Lagos State House Of Assembly has promoted 44 Management Officers and 59 Senior Staff who passed the ‘Virtual Promotion Exercise’ conducted by the Lagos State House Of Assembly Service Commission ( LAHASCOM) in conjunction with Public Service Staff Development Centre ( PSSDC) recently.
The promoted staff were drawn from different departments of the Assembly and Commission.
This was made known in a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of the commission, Omolola Alli Balogun.
Quoting the Chairman of the Commission, Chief Wale Mogaji, Alli Balogun explained that the mode adopted was born out of the Commission’s desire to comply with the State’s directive on the need to rid the State of Covid-19 pandemic.
Mogaji stated “it was an unanimously agreement by all Commissions in the State to conduct a Virtual Promotion exercise in order to comply with the Governor’s directive and the Federal Government’s guidelines on maintaining social distance.”
To him, virtual assessment is not enough for individual appraisal but can be improved upon to meet up with international standards, stressing that the old method of assessing Officers for promotion is more result -driven.
“There is nothing wrong with Virtual Training but there must be a way to structure the time whereby individual contributions will be better assessed. The strength of individual participants may not be determined within a short period but can be improved upon and restructured in a way that participant can be assessed objectively.”
According to him, “The old method was designed to effectively appraise leadership qualities, competence and comportment for better critical assessment of each member of Staff which can not be achieved via Virtual Assessment.”
He however agreed that the Virtual Training Programme has satisfied the purpose for which it was formulated, due to the emergence of the novel COVID – 19.
He congratulated the promoted staff who had already received their promotion letters, urging them to be more dedicated and conduct themselves as true ambassadors of the state government wherever they are in order to justify their promotion to higher levels.