The collaboration between the Lagos State University (LASU) and Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC) to create a two-year Diploma Course in Local Government Administration and Development Studies for State Government officials has been described as an outcome of a very strong partnership that would develop students’ capacity and indeed provide the required human resources skills in the State public service, particularly in the Local Governments.
Speaking recently at the orientation ceremony of the two-year Diploma programme in Local Government Administration & Development Studies at PSSDC, Magodo, the Chairman of Lagos State Local Government Service Commission, Mr. Babatunde Rotinwa, said that the essence of the collaboration was beyond issuing certificates for the participants but more importantly, the training seeks to provide the best education for local government administrators and equip them with needed skills for their day-to-day interface with members of the public.
He said that the State Government cares about the career advancement of its workforce, hence the approval of the course specifically designed for middle-level and junior officers under the Local Government Service Commission to provide a platform for them to attain the peak of their public service career without any educational barrier.
The Chairman urged the students to be service-driven, noting that the overall objective of the State Government is for the workers to provide effective service delivery to all residents of the State either at the State or local government levels.
He reminded the local government officials of the need to be guided by the principles of accountability, participation, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law, punctuality, efficiency and effectiveness, saying that these attributes were needed for a fulfilling career as public officers.
The Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun who was represented at the event by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration of the University, Professor Oyedamola Oke said that the initiative of PSSDC was in line with the vision of the University which is “to prepare people that will be relevant to their community and nation”.
He maintained that the collaborative efforts of the institution have been the driving force that had earned it national and international recognition in the area of research and development, adding that the University is now highly sought after globally.
In his words, “As we speak, LASU is the bestState University in the country. The institution is the preferred choice for admission seekers. For instance, we have over 42,000 students who chose LASU as their First Choice as against the 4,000 capacity that the University can admit. This to us is an evidence of the wide acceptability of the institution now as it is a wide increase from the previous 10,000 to 20,000 admission seekers that the University usually have”.
He assured the students that LASU is not resting on its oars, stressing that the University is now poised to surpass its present achievement.
“It is also worth mentioning that our online distant learning and research institute is being structured to serve as the benchmark for distance-learning education in Nigeria”, Fagbohun stated.
The Vice Chancellor also disclosed that the University is on the verge of commencing the B.Sc. in Local Government Administration and Development Studies Programme, revealing that the intention of the University is to have a Department of Local Government on its own where higher degrees even up to Ph.D. level can be pursued.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director-General of PSSDC, Dr. Senukon Olufunmi Ajose Harrison, stated that the capacity building would afford students the opportunity of enjoying a blend of Academic and Practitioners’ Professional Training, where learners are equipped with requisite knowledge, skills and attitude, for effective Public-Sector Management and Administration.
He averred that in order to continually promote excellence in the governance structure of Lagos State, public servants require adequate capacity building initiative that aligns them to the work culture and strategic institutional objectives of the State in tandem with the all-inclusive Smart Citypolicy direction of the present administration.