27th July, 2011
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Local Government Service Commission, Mrs. Aramide Masha, has charged local council officials to represent their respective organisations like worthy and credible ambassadors.
She made the call in Mushin Local Government Area during a working visit to the council recently.
Masha noted that most council workers don’t dress properly and as such, they fail to earn the deserved respect from members of the public, adding also that from reports reaching the commission, some council officials are of the habit of staying away from office in the morning, just for them to appear in the afternoon and close by 4 p.m., warning that those that are fond of doing that should stop it as enhanced productivity is expected from them.
According to her, “you will naturally be addressed the same way you dress. If you want the general public to have respect and regard for your council, you will have to dress neatly and appear like responsible public servants.
She stated that for any local government to survive the huge salaries being paid workers, the internally generated revenue must be boosted in order to satisfy the yearning of the general public on road construction, drainages, infrastructure, education, health, agriculture and others.
The Permanent Secretary also warned workers against truancy, late coming, insubordination and disloyalty to constituted authorities, among other things.
According to her, the commission was poised at facilitating promotion of deserving workers, while it will also be willing to deploy officers to councils close to them to enhance productivity.
Masha, however, commended the management of Mushin Local Government for maintaining peaceful coexistence between the political class and the workers, while stressing the need to promote probity, accountability, transparency, welfarism and enhanced productivity.
Responding, the Council Manager, Mrs. Aderonke Kudirat Bello, thanked the visitors, promising to make good use of the advice given.
On his part, the council Chairman, Olatunde Babatunde Adepitan, praised the commission for sponsoring training of council staff and instilling necessary discipline in all strata of local government workers.
The team, which comprised of the Director of Establishments and Pensions, Mrs. Folasade Akinyemi, Mr. Ibrahim Olaniran and Miss L.O. Alaga, also visited the two Area Offices of the council at Itire and Isolo Road, where an on-the-spot assessment of facilities and welfare package for workers were carried out.