The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has promised continuous improvement of public servants’ skills to make them deliver more effective and efficient services to the people by equipping them with the necessary competency skills.
He said civil servants would constantly be exposed to various capacity building training programmes to meet the present challenges and deliver government’s fundamental commitments to the people of Lagos State.
Ambode disclosed this at a Two-Day Workshop, titled, “Human Resources Counseling in the Work Place,” organised by the State government for Directors and Human Resources personnel in the public service.
The Governor, represented by the State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson Oke, said the aim of the government is to transform the Civil Service into the quintessential future workforce that can, in addition to delivering effective Human Resources, also respond to the government’s current and future challenges in terms of skills gap and functionality.
He explained that the training had been designed to help civil servants to better utilise counseling to assist officers to reach their full potential within the civil service, enhance performance as well as the overall quality of work.
According to him, “By investing in counselling engagements, an organisation can retain its people and reduce costly recruitment expenses as research has shown that 75% of people who voluntarily leave their jobs do so on account of ineffective managers and managers with poor leadership skills that could be addressed by an adequate dose of counseling”.
“Human resources counseling in the workplace is a therapeutic price of promoting help and support to people, to face and sail through difficult times in life”, he added.