Lagos State Government has said that it would continue to explore ways of enhancing the capacity of its workforce, to consistently provide human capacity development needed to achieve its vision of a 21st century economy.
The state governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this during the 25th anniversary of the Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC, acknowledged the huge role the Centre had played in producing competent leaders contributing to the development of the State and Nation in different professions.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, the Governor said plans are afoot to upgrade PSSDC to a University status, mainly for human capacity development to provide government officials with the requisite training.
He maintained that PSSDC is ripe enough to take become the foremost institution for human capacity development in the African continent.
In her contribution, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle, said the present administration is poised to continue to boost the capacity of the State Public Service to keep it ahead of other government establishments in Nigeria.
Ponnle revealed that the government has strategies in place to ensure that training of public servants becomes more 21st Century compliant in the State with the introduction of a Learning Management System (LMS) to allow greater participation of trainees in various programmes.
“Since the inception of this Great Citadel of Learning, PSSDC has trained and re-trained a total number of 66,700 public service officers and some managers in the private sector and organised not less than 2,300 Courses”, Ponnle stated.
She congratulated the management and staff of the Centre for consistently designing and implementing service-delivery enhancing programmes through learning and development interventions to address productivity improvement and service delivery.
In her remarks, Director-General, PSSDC, Dr. Senukon Olufunmi Ajose-Harrison disclosed that the Center is seeking to deepen its partnership with the International Professional Managers Association (IPMA-UK), the Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel and the University of Stellenbosch Business School (South Africa).
Ajose-Harrison hinted that collaboration is also being explored with international institutions such as the Kennedy School of Government, United States of America and RIPA International, United Kingdom.
The Director-General assured that as internal consultants to the State Government on capacity building, the Center remains committed to serving the capacity building needs of the State Public Service even as it seeks to proffer human capacity solutions with a view to boosting returns on the investment of Government.