The Lagos government says it will transform the State Civil Service into the most dynamic and responsive sector with continuous training of its workforce, particularly on Information management.
The State Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson-Oke gave the indication during a training workshops for top management staff on how to gather and process data for effective communication of government’s policies.
Dr. Benson-Oke explained that the training was designed to equip the Civil service to be able to gather data and process it to suit the specificity of Lagos State.
The Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has mandated our Ministry to keep training the entire Public Service in order to be able to cope with all the features that will facilitate a quick transition from Mega to Smart City.
The training also focuses on how the Lagos State Civil Service can be better equipped to accurately, effectively and positively communicate government decisions, actions and programmes to the citizens of the state and the world at large Benson-Oke explained.
The Commissioner said that government can secure legitimacies and transfer such to tangible benefits for the people through competence, fairness and human concern.
He stated that adequate information sharing between the State and the people would restore confident in the system.
He maintained that information is a valued asset.
One may suppose that what sustains a government and infact , a system of government, is the will of the people. That may be true. But what influences the will of the people is the information and the way its managed. This is why every responsible government will place premium on the establishment, maintenance and sustainance of a modern, robust, effective and scalable information management system, he stated.
He observed that Civil Service is a ‘permanent government’ that must be equipped to adequately advise the government of the day and effectively communicate the reason behind government-sanctioned programmes to the citizens, hence the need for the consistent training of the Civil servants.
He urged the participants at the training to take advantage of the session to deepened their knowledge on how to be more consumers-centric and be more productive to their various Ministries, Departments and agencies.
Optimal use of Social Media
The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe advised the participants to make optimal use of Social Media in managing government policies and programmes.
Information manager must ensure that they update on event going on in the state, in order to let public and other members of staff be aware, he said.
The Ministry’s Director of Training, Mr Dayo Aruna enjoined the participants to embrace the opportunity created by the State government to expose them to information that will broaden their knowledge to better their career.
Source: Voice of Nigeria