Ogun State Public Servants have been challenged to enhance their professional status through positive change in their respective agencies, to ensure best practices in the entire public service.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Kolawole Fagbohun made this call in Abeokuta at a 5-Day Training Workshop, with the theme “Developing the Human Resources Management Skills of Administrative Officers”, organised by Administrative Officers Group, Ogun State Civil Service, in collaboration with Chattered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Nigeria.

While Speaking on the topic “Enhancing Change: Change Imperative in Ogun State Public Service”, the Permanent Secretary bemoaned the dearth of professional standard in every segment of public service, calling on all to be the change agent that would correct the rots ravaging the public service.

Fagbohun who described change, as a journey and a process of moving from a step to another and not just a mere action, said the architecture of change involves the design and construction of new patterns or the re-conceptualization of old ones to make new and hopefully more productive action possible.

He further added that, Civil Servants are partners in governance, urging administrative officers, as career managers to assist in ensuring the human resource processes; like recruitment, induction, training and development for efficient and effective performance.

“Our job is to handle people and careers, so we must be at the vanguard of change. We must also carry people along and address their fears in order to bring about the desired change”, he said.

The Director General, Public Service Transformation Office, Mr. Jola Oyeneye, said the training programme was organised to bridge the gap in administrative knowledge for officers from grade level 10 to 17, build up human resource skills in Ogun State public service and make them professionals.

The Director of Membership, CIPM, Mrs. Titi Ashiru said the programme was meant to ensure standard capacity building framework among administrative officers and a process of getting them certified by CIPM, which she said was the apex regulatory body for human resource practice in public and private organisations in Nigeria.

Giving the vote of thanks, Director of Administration and Supply, Teaching Service Commission, Alhaji Jamiu Kanimodo, promised on behalf of other participants to go back to the drawing board and put all knowledge gained at the training into practice.