Civil servants in Nigeria have been tasked to embrace team building and synergy for quality service delivery.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and Professor of Political Economics, Pat Utomi gave the advice at a two-day training programme tagged, Team building and synergy workshop for peak performance.
Governor Ambode said that synergy, in any organisational set up, holds the key to optimal performance.
The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson-Oke, explained that the workshop was organised to ensure that all participants appreciate the value of synergy and teamwork for effective organisational growth.
He said that the his administration has taken cognizance of the continuous training to equip the State civil servants and this has resulted into a level of increase in human capacity development of State workforce.
There are some who underestimate the value and importance of synergy and teamwork. Our amiable and visionary Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is not one of such. His prioritisation of trainings and human capital development in the Lagos State Civil Service demonstrates his full realisation that all minds in the Lagos State Civil Service needs to be trained and retrained so that working together the output of the Lagos State Civil Service will be exponentially increased, he said.
The Governor also mentioned that the program which based its thrust on tripod of Teamwork, Synergy and Productivity would enhance the knowledge of participants and get them prepared for challenges and allow them to compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
As one the resource persons at the workshop, Prof Utomi said that building a merit-driven team is to build high performance and to achieve such performance which is tilted, towards improving the living standard and bringing service closer to its citizens, there is a need for continuous training of Staff.
According to him, Late Peter Drocker painted a very important point that at the beginning of the last century, quality of life of average person in Africa and Europe was more or less the same, just marginal difference, but by the close of the 20th century, the difference was like night and day.
What was responsible, in his view, was the dramatic rise in productivity in Europe and failure of Africa to have productivity increased.
Critical to that track is the technological know-how and how people work well together.
Many times people let in their ego get in the ways of their goals and that is what slows downs public service work, but if they are goal-focused and are led in that direction there will be better quality service.
He urged State civil servants to be goal-driven and their collaboration in teams should have a clear term of what to achieve.
The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, Mrs Rhoda Ayinde enjoined participants to take advantage of the workshop, upscale their knowledge on the topic of discourse and allow it to reflect on their daily activities at work.
Some of the participants acknowledged the effort of the State government aimed at repositioning the State Civil service for a better service delivery.
Source: Voice of Nigeria