Lagos State Acting Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Adesoye has reiterated the State Government’s unwavering commitment towards enthroning an efficient and effective human resource management system in the State Public Service in line with international best practices.
Adesoye, who disclosed this today while declaring open a specialized orientation programme for redeployed management staff of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, noted that this commitment was informed by the need to develop human capital which is central and critical to the attainment of an organization’s goals and objectives.
In her words, “The development of human capital is central and critical to the attainment of organizational goals and objectives. While other factors of production like land and relevant technologies may be in abundance, all these must be intelligently coordinated by humans who, because he has a will, skills, competencies, personal motivation, preferences and interests, can best deploy these attributes and factors to accomplish desired goals and objectives.”
The Acting HOS maintained that the State Government is also committed to the pursuit of a vigorous and systematic reform of the Public Service structures, processes and procedures including the creation of new Agencies and the realignment of existing MDAs.
She pointed out that government’s policy objectives are designed to meet the yearnings of its entire citizenry, now and in the future, through improvement of staff competence and capability as well as ensuring that staff with the right knowledge, techniques and skills, right frame of mind and attitude are encouraged to contribute optimally towards the attainment of set goals.
While congratulating the newly redeployed local government management staff, Adesoye urged them re-tool, re-kit, re-boot and re-energize towards continuing their career progression in the mainstream civil service.
According to her, the programme was purposely designed to expose them to a wide range of knowledge, skills set, experiences and competencies in order to adequately prepare them for the tasks ahead.
Also speaking at the training session, the Chairman of the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa advised the trainees to shun the usual practice of monopoly of knowledge common at the Local Government level and imbibe the practice of wide consultation.
He said that the usual practice of limiting ideas to Head of Administrations, Council Treasurers and Local Government Chairmen should be discouraged, stressing that decision making process in the State Public service is carried out in a collective manner with input from all relevant stakeholders.
On her part, the Director-General of the Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC, Mrs. Olubunmi Fabanwo said that the training would assist the government to achieve its vision of harmonizing the entire public service, build the capacity of staff across all tiers and implement the policy thrust of government for sustainable achievements.
This, according to her, necessitates the State Government’s continual investment in capacity building through learning and development seminars, induction/orientation courses, among many other interventions with the aim to continually promote excellent governance in the State.