To enhance effective administration of office, the Lagos State government on Tuesday organised a three-day in-plant training for officers on Grade Levels 1-12 of the Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service.
The Head of Service (HoS), Hakeem Muri-Okunola, in his opening address, said the training, themed: “Improving Productivity in the 21st Century Public Service,” was born out of the result of the training held recently for retirees, which among others, advised that those in active service should be given adequate attention and tutored accordingly on several ways of improving productivity by seasoned and erudite facilitators.
Muri-Okunola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Samson Ajibade, reiterated that part of the outcome of the “training for the retirees was that we should intensify training for those in active service and to be frank with you, we learn, unlearn and relearn, hence the reason we came up with the training to be anchored by former permanent secretary and seasoned facilitators, who we know are capable, especially those that have passed through the system.
“They were part of the system and are still very much with us; they know and would teach you all that would make you a productive public servant in the 21st Century. That is why we went for those we knew would teach all the needed and added knowledge that would make all the participants learn, relearn and unlearn”, he said.
He, therefore, advised the participants to make the workshop/training participatory and interactive, which among others, would assist them identify features of structure, recession and resilience, as well as mention the various response mechanisms to access public services.
“Please endeavour to make the three-day training interactive and participatory. You are being watched, be good ambassadors of this public service office. Listen very well and ensure you contribute meaningfully throughout the programme. With the calibre of our facilitators today, in person of Bashir Ademuyiwa Braimah, a former Permanent Secretary, Akeem Sarumi and Amusa, you would know that we are not here for a tea-party but for a serious learning and training sessions,” he said.
Muri-Okunola, therefore, enjoined all the participants to participate effectively in all the sessions and ask them questions that are germaine and helpful to make them make a difference in the service.