Wednesday 3 June 2015

Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode meets with civil servants; ...promises better welfare

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday met with public servants, reiterating his promise to improve their lot and change the face of the civil service.

The governor, who spoke at an interactive session at the Adeyemi- Bero Auditorium, Alausa, said his administration will focus on capacity building , which will enhance staff productivity and prepare them for retirement.

He said his vision is to build a public service devoid of discrimination and inhibitions.

“My dream for the public service is to have an establishment that would prepare you for retirement.

"What happens to each and every one of us when we leave service is what I am after in the next four years.

“There are a lot of opportunities, but you must work for them.

“I desire a public service where there would be no discrimination and where your circumstances will not inhibit you from progressing.

“We would not discriminate against you. We must have a good sense of harmony where people in the parastatals or in the local government service or in the mainstream are at par.
He expressed his readiness to meet the Joint Negotiating Council and resolve all issues relating to workers’ welfare.
“My major vision is a better civil service. I’m ready to address issues that relate to welfare.

“I know that whatever it is I am today, it is through the kind of training that I have received in the civil service, so I would place major emphasis on capacity building and training.”
Explaining his pronouncement on the creation of new ministries, the governor explained that it was not intended to increase the cost of governance, adding that the new ministries will be created by realigning existing ones, hence the number of ministries remain 24.

He sought the support and cooperation of public servants, promising to do everything possible to make life easier for them.

“I will accord you the respect that you deserve. I am ready to reward hard work, merit and professionalism, that is all that I gained from this place and so long as you are good, the top is your seat,” Ambode said.
The Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, assured the governor of the workers’ readiness to cooperate with his administration and achieve his vision to move the state forward.
“On my part, you know I believe strongly that I have to show leadership by example and I also have to bring back everything that God has endowed me with to be able to bring it back to the public service and I am ready to do that.” 

Credit: The Nation 

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