By Fred Okopie
LAGOS State Government has said it is aiming to have a public service peopled by leaders.
The government spoke through the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson-Oke at the closing session of the just concluded five-day induction course for newly employed/deployed public officers at that state’s Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC, in Magodo.
According to Dr. Benson-Oke, organisations would make rapid progress and experience exponential growth when its units, teams and departments were staffed by “persons who understand what leadership means, have developed their leadership potentials and have enhanced their performance skills.”
Stressing that the possession of problem-solving skills was the quality expected of every public officer, the commissioner said, “developing the mind frame for deploying these skills is one of the essential soft skills that is mandatory for success in today’s rapidly changing world and public service of Lagos State.”
Dr. Benson-Oke was hopeful that the just concluded induction course would have the desired impact and influence such that participants would be productive to such degrees that the output of the public service would inspire the good of the state. The Lagos state through the PSSDC has trained about 355 public officers.