The Lagos State Government says the global economic recession is one of the challenges the government has to cope with as it charged civil servants to brace up for the challenges ahead and increase productivity.
The Head of Service, (HOS), Mrs Olabowale Ademola at a news conference to kick-off the 2016 Public Service Week in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, said global economic recession had greatly affected the nation, the world over and that Lagos State was not left out of the scheme of things.
Mrs Ademola said “civil servants should know that there are no jobs outside there and that people are being laid off from their work on daily basis, while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has not done anything like that.”
The HOS appealed to the civil servants to repay the governor’s gesture with hard work and dedication.
More so, Ademola said another challenge facing civil servants was that of orientation, which she said government was working assiduously to improve.
She added that there was the challenge of qualitative service delivery which must be improved upon by the civil servants, charging them to do more in rendering qualitative service delivery to the people of the state.
Public service week
However, Ademola asserted that arrangements had been concluded to ensure a successful week-long programme of events for the celebration of this year’s Public Service Week in the State.
According to her, “the commemoration of the public service day is in pursuance of the Tangier Declaration of Conference of African Civil Service Ministers which in 1994 mandated all African countries to dedicate 23rd of June as the African Day of Administration and Civil Service,” she reiterated.
She explained that the celebration was in appreciation of the efforts of public servants for efficient service delivery and good governance.
This year’s celebration would kick off with a Jumat Service at the State Secretariat Mosque in Alausa today, which would be followed by a walk for fitness by all public servants on Saturday.
The HOS added that an interdenominational Thanksgiving Service would take place on Sunday at the Chapel of Christ the Light, while the grand finale of the celebration would be rounded off on 23 June with the annual public service lecture and recognition of outstanding public servants.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Fola Adeyemi said the weeklong event had become a tradition in the state which had over the years provided platforms for public servants to interact and carry out peer reviews on how to make the Lagos State’s civil service exceptional.