Ambode urges capacity training for improved services

Sesan Olufowobi

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday said the systematic development of workers’ capacity and the creative use of resources by his administration was to secure the future of Lagos.

The governor, according to a statement, added that the capacity development and innovative use of resources would enable the government to do more with less.

Ambode spoke at the conferment of the ‘Award of Excellence and Outstanding in Capacity Building’ on the Lagos State Government by the Nigerian Institute of Training & Development, NITD, at its 26th Annual Trainers’ Conference on Wednesday at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr Benson Oke, said there were high performances in organisations that exposed their human capital to training.

“Human capital resources are strategic assets; managers are often identified as key sources of competitive advantage,” he added.

He stated that as such, managers must possess technical, administrative and human skills, adding that the Lagos State Public Service had been benefitting from capacity development training in the form of increased productivity and increased employee’s engagement.

Ambode said, “Public-sector leaders are now looking with interest at lean techniques — that is achieving more with less — used in private firms to conserve resources.

“A lean approach has disproved the prevailing view that there has to be a trade-off between the quality of public services and the cost of providing them.”

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