6th December, 2010
Determined to ensure accountability in governance, the Lagos State government hasÂ sent its Permanent Secretaries back to school to learn the procedures of efficientÂ service delivery.
The one-day retreat was organised by the Office of Transformation, Lagos StateÂ Governorâ€™s Office with the theme: State Partnership for Accountability,Â Responsiveness and Capability.
The state government collaborated with the United Kingdom government to train theÂ permanent secretaries on accountability and transparency.
The Director-General, Office of Transformation, Lagos State Governorâ€™s Office, Mr.Â Toba Otusanya, said the initiative was created to enhance governmentâ€™s capacity inÂ the area of reform and effective policy formulation.
â€œThe transformation Office has found it necessary now to train senior staff in theÂ cadres of directors and permanent secretaries to enable them understand the newÂ strategies being put in place to transform the state,â€ he said.
According to him, the training would enable the permanent secretaries to effectivelyÂ fit into development of responsive policies and strategies for present and futureÂ economic growth.
â€œIt emphasises how to manage public finances well by introducing to the service moreÂ effective workforce,â€ he added.
He urged the permanent secretaries to be drivers of change and champions of goodÂ governance in their respective ministries in order to aid the transformation processÂ in the state.
The DG advocated the acceptance of the trends in public sector reform and theÂ importance of embracing human resources which has a strategic pro-active approach toÂ management of people with greater autonomy over the usual personnel management whichÂ â€œis just a series of reactive administrative tasks that enables the basic day-to-dayÂ employment contract to be fulfilled.â€
Head of Service, Adesegun Ogunlewe said that the permanent secretaries and directorsÂ would be ready to face any challenge the transformation might bring, describing theÂ training as a good initiative, which would not only help the state civil service butÂ every staff that had the opportunity to undergo the programme.
â€œWe are prepared to give our best for the transformation. We are not afraid becauseÂ we work like a team in Lagos. The permanent secretary will work with his directorsÂ as a team to succeed in the new task at hand,â€ he said.