Sanwo-Olu assures capacity building for civil servants
…tasks workers on quality service delivery
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the weekend assured of his administration’s resolve to continue placing a high premium on improving the capacity of the state’s workforce through training and better welfare.
Speaking at the commissioning of the permanent secretariat of the Lagos State branch of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), named ‘Solidarity House,’ at Alausa, Ikeja, Sanwo- Olu said his administration would continue to respond to yearnings of workers in the state.
The governor also announced state government’s support of N10 million for ASCSN to equip their secretariat with office furniture and library so that it can become a useful resource centre for industrial relations practitioners.
“We acknowledged your collaboration with us as a government. You are an important stakeholder and we will continue to see ourselves as partners. As partners, I wish to assure you that our administration will continue to be responsive to the yearnings of our workers by ensuring that we discharge our obligations to you as and when due.
“We will also continue to place a high premium on improving the capacity of our workforce through regular and impactful trainings, seminars and workshops that cut across all cadres in the civil service,” the governor said.
He added that: “All our smart learning capabilities that the ministry of establishment, training and pension has set up for you (civil servants), not only is it training for thousands and thousands of civil servants on monthly basis; it is also creating an opportunity where you can indeed have the same level of training with other civil servants in whole world. I am sure that you will continue to avail yourself of the opportunity that learning platform has provided for the entire civil service.
“To whom much is given, much is also expected. The state government will continue to support all the various unions by ensuring that we fulfill all our responsibilities at ensuring that you succeed as leaders in your own sphere. We will also provide succour for you.
The governor also challenged trade unions in the state to be responsive, accountable and just to their members, adding that civil servants should render quality service, which citizens of Lagos state expect from them.
State chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Olusegun Balogun commended Sanwo- Olu for his leadership qualities and unwavering commitment to the welfare of Lagosians amid the setback brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the governor has demonstrated to Lagos State workers that their welfare was a priority. “It is interesting to note that while other states of the Federation are still talking about payment of minimum wage, salary arrears, promotions areas, nonpayment of statutory deductions, pension’s benefits, etc, Lagos State is already talking about Workers’ Village,” he said.