Lagos State Head of Service (HoS), Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola has reiterated the present administration’s commitment to continuous capacity development of its workforce, through training and re-training, in order to develop thoroughbred officers who are competent, versatile and relevant to the present and future needs of the State.
The HoS disclosed this in his address at the opening ceremony of a two-day retreat organised by the Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service, for Directors of Administration and Human Resource in the Lagos State Public Service, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Speaking on the theme of the retreat, “Principles, Policies, Practices and Procedures of Human Resource Management in the Public Service: A thorough Look at the Workplace in Current Realities”, Muri-Okunola said it is apt given the current realities and the vital roles of Directors of Administration and Human Resource in policy-making, strategic planning and policy implementation.
He emphasised that the retreat was designed to critically look at the public service and the role of administration and human resources in consonance with the new realities, despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the workplace.
Muri-Okunola, therefore, charged the Directors of Administration and Human Resource to come up with guiding principles and policies that will dwell more on training needs, incentives, motivation, non-subjective staff performance evaluation and management system as well as a reward and compensation system, that is fair and equitable for all public servants in the State.
The Head of Service acknowledged the enormous support of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat to the entire public servants in the State, particularly in the area of capacity training and conducive environment for work which, according to him, has enhanced effective and efficient service delivery of the workforce in Lagos State.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Mr. Samson Ajibade appreciated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approving the retreat, which was part of his many promises in ensuring that the entire workforce is adequately kept abreast of new trends and developed in line with the State’s public service vision.
He implored the participants to take advantage of the valuable subjects that seasoned professionals and facilitators will address in the area of administration to update their knowledge and acquire new ones.