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Lagos Intensifies Training Of Staff To Drive Smart City Vision

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As the drive to make Lagos a ‘Smart’ city becomes more intense than ever, the state government has intensified the training of its staff to push the vision with all enthusiasm and be able to cope with the transformation.

Speaking at the training programme tagged,” Coaching as a vehicle for realising the potentials of åçthe Lagos State Public Service, Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode represented by the state’s Commissioner for Establishment , Training and Pension Dr. Akintola Benson Oke said the present administration is determined to move the state from a mega city to a smart city.

He said, “So moving from a megacity to a smart city speaks volumes, it showed that what is obtainable in all over developed world be it in United Kingdom, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, United Stated will be replicated back in Lagos State with minor adjustments. In all of these things, the public servants who are the engine room to do all these things need to be trained and retrained to give them effective tools to be at par with all their counterparts all over the world.”

He explained that the ultimate goal of all of the administration’s investments in training workshops is for the Lagos State Public Service to attain that optimal state of performance and effectiveness where its units and teams and departments are headed by persons who understand what leadership means and who have developed their leadership potentials and have enhanced their performance skills.

According to him, it is only at such a point in time that the Public Service can experience exponential growth.

Oke added that,” Governor Ambode’s administration fully appreciates that there is need to chart a path to attain the desired end as opposed to merely talking about its importance. Otherwise, the efforts would be meaningless and would amount to undertaking a journey without a map.

“The creation and adoption of such a path is the purpose of this 2-day training workshop. As I have indicated at several other fora, once the Lagos State Public Service is able to attain that optimal state of effectiveness and productivity through the aid of coaching, no problem will be too complicated, no task too herculean, no challenge too huge, and no task too complicated for it to confront head-on.

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