Lagos State Commissioner for Establishment, Training, and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson-Oke has said that it is possible for public officers to use meagre resources to produce outstanding results if they cultivate the attitude of good and sound management of time and resources.
The Commissioner expressed this view at a training programme for senior government officials tagged “Effective Management Strategies for Repositioning and Higher Responsibilities” on Tuesday in Lagos.
Benson-Oke explained that the training was aimed at exposing participants to the strategy of promoting and enhancing teamwork or synergy within the Lagos State Civil Service as well as the strategy of embracing a lean culture approach to projects and other establishment matters.
He said the fact that the masses always want immediate transformation in infrastructure, not minding the limited resources available to the government, makes it more compelling for public officers to be more prudent in the management of public resources and ensure an even distribution across all sectors of the economy.
According to him, the need to get value for money from governments at all levels is now more than before under public scrutiny, stressing that as much as governments across the world want to deliver better education, better healthcare, better pensions and better transportation services, the funds required to meet such expectations are usually unavailable.
He said that though the recent recession in the country has taught finance managers and government to use little resources to achieve more, yet the lessons learned during this period have really not translated into actual implementable policies in most segments of the public service in the country.
Benson-Oke expressed the hope that the State civil service would inculcate the principles of lean operations and apply it to the operations of government, saying that if the principles are applied, Lagos State Civil Service will be better positioned for higher effectiveness and responsibilities.
The Commissioner acknowledged the fact that the public service under the present administration has come a long way and has led the way in reducing waste while increasing productivity.