The Lagos State Government has re-iterated it’s commitment in ensuring that the state’s Public Service is transformed to meet the challenges of the 21st century through the Change Mindset Advocacy Programme, aimed at cultivating in Public Servants, the right culture and mindset needed to attain the smart city status of the state.

Speaking at the training programme organized for Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Agencies and Parastatals in the State, by the Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation (OTCI) and Ministry of Information and Strategy, at the Folarin Coker Staff Clinic’s Conference Room, the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan said the state government, having realized the importance of changing the mindset of Public Servants to align with the ever changing time, decided to embark on this change campaign in the state.

He said “We have 24 million Lagosians, many of them travel a lot and are exposed to international standards, while some have become sophisticated, therefore, the benchmark for services has increased, and people can compare how they are served in Public Service in Lagos with the private sector.”

He added that the need for Public Servants in the state to justify what they do in the way they attend to people, especially in agencies that interface more with the public cannot be over-emphasized.

While commending the Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Agencies and Parastatals for turning out  for the sensitization, the commissioner noted that the training will be extended to other cadres.

Earlier, the Director General, Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, Mr. Toba Otusanya said the State Government decided to embark on this journey of Changed mindset in order to have 21st century Public Servants who must have certain qualities.

Otusanya said the expected outcome of the training and the sensitization are civil servants who are competent, knowledgeable, creative, innovative and can challenge the status quo adding that they would embrace new ways of doing things as well as deliver services in better ways.