The newly-promoted middle-level officers in the Ogun State Civil/Public Service have been urged to make training and re-retraining a must in their career progression, without necessarily waiting for their employers.
The Head of Service, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro said this in Abeokuta while declaring open a 2-day capacity building workshop for newly promoted middle-level officers, with the theme “Entrenching Job Ethics and Productivity Competencies in Public Officers”, put together by the Bureau of Establishments and Training in collaboration with the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Consultancy Service.
“You need to train and retrain to move the Civil Service forward. If you’re not trained, you will just be doing the same things the same way, but trends have changed now. Don’t wait for your employer to train you, do it yourselves”, Aigoro emphasised.
Congratulating the participants for being the first set to be selected for the training after the 3-year combined promotion exercises, the Head of Service urged them to justify their Ministries, Departments, and Agencies’ confidence by taking full advantage of the training for greater improvement and productivity.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission, Mr. Adedayo Shomoye, said it was imperative to train the newly promoted officers, to acquaint them with new trends of the civil service guiding their new cadres., enjoining them to brace up for future challenges in their various workplaces.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Public Service Transformation Office (PSTO), Mr. Jola Oyeneye, admonished the participants to contribute their quotas to the growth and development of the Civil Service and the State in general, charging them to have a new mindset to deliver optimally, as their thinking would go a long way in affecting their output.
On his part, the lead facilitator and Coordinator, OOU Consultancy Service, Prof. Abosede Adebiyi, commended Ogun State for being first in Human Capital Development and added that the State had displayed a high level of proactiveness, encouraging the participants to be involved in the decision-making process of their various MDAs as this makes decision making by top government echelons to be fast and easy.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Establishments and Training, Mrs. Lydia Fajounbo noted that the theme of the training was chosen to equip the participants with the prerequisite skills to excel in their new levels, while attitudinal change as they assume higher responsibilities must be instilled in them for efficiency and effectiveness.