The Lagos State government has charged all parastatals, ministries and agencies to enhance effective and efficient service delivery to match the achievements of Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
Special Adviser, Parastatals Monitoring Office, Afolabi Ayantayo, gave the charge at the opening of a One-Day Worksheet for Directors of Administration and Human Resources on Performance Improvement at Workplace, held on Tuesday in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
Ayantayo maintained that the present administration is determined to make parastatals in Lagos State the best in Nigeria in terms of service delivery.
He said to achieve the desired aims and objectives, the agency resolved to focus on the training and retraining of the workforce at the parastatals level.
“Looking at the Parastatals Monitoring Office under this administration, the emphasis has been on development of templates that would enhance effective and efficient service delivery at the parastatals level. To achieve this, the training and retraining of the workforce have been the focus of our office, hence the reason for all of us to be here”, Ayantayo said.
The special adviser said that as top managers at various duty posts, they must have realised the positive disposition of the present administration to the exposure of the entire workforce in the state to contemporary management approaches to enhance employee productivity.
“It is no over-statement to say that as parastatals, you have a key role to play in the actualisation of the THEMES agenda of the present administration. Your assignments, therefore, call for equipping you with the desired knowledge and skills that would enable you to identify performance issues in your parastatals and implementing suitable solutions to resolve such issues, This way, you can enhance the overall performance of your organisation in terms of improving efficiency and increasing output”, Ayantayo said.
He averred that as individuals, it is imperative for them to free up their inner resources, promote winning ideas, think of what they are doing that does not work and what they need to do differently to achieve a high standard of performance.
“Let me say here that Mr. Governor is keeping tabs on our activities and he will not accept anything short of good performance from all of us. Therefore, we need to examine ourselves and change our thoughts, assumptions and emotions that may impede effective discharge of our duties”, Ayantayo said
Professor Banji Fajonyomi of the Public Administration Department, Lagos State University (LASU) and Kolawole Solaja, director, Training and Programmes, Public Service Staff Development Centre(PSSDC), took the participants through ‘Key Performance Indicators”, as applicable to parastatals with set objectives and ‘Application of Public Service Rules in Ease of Doing Business’ respectively.
Ayantayo, however, enjoined all participants to participate effectively in all the sessions and apply the derivable from the exercise to achieve better performance of the parastatals.