The Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola has advised all personnel to continually enhance their academic and professional knowledge in order to transit into the ever-expanding role of technology in the workplace and remain relevant in the Lagos State Public Service.
Mrs. Ademola who spoke in Lagos today at a Press Conference on activities for the 2017 Public Service Week themed ‘The Future is Now: Accelerating Public Service Innovation for Agenda 2030’, stressed that Public Servants must continue to re-tool, re-kit, reboot and re-energize themselves in order to fit into the emerging State Public Service.
According to her, “Public Servants who desire to remain relevant in the Public Service of the future must be prepared to embrace change. We must continue re-tooling, re-kitting, re-booting and re-energizing as only the right quality of staff with the right knowledge, techniques, skills, frame of mind and attitude will fit into the Lagos State Public Service of the future”.
She affirmed that the public space consists of variables that are constantly and continuously changing in shape, form or character, therefore it only stands to reason that any system that fails to change, evolve or adapt to accommodate emerging realities will degenerate and become irrelevant.
Speaking further, the Head of Service explained that this year’s celebration will highlight the significant role and invaluable contributions of Lagos State Public Servants to the growth and economic development of Lagos State since its creation in 1967 just as it will focus on innovating for the future.
She averred that this year’s celebration includes many novel and innovative additions to the traditional line up of activities that had usually characterised the week in previous years.
The Public Service Week is celebrated annually all over Africa in line with the 1994 Tangier Declaration by Ministers of the Civil Service of African Countries and it is an occasion to celebrate Public Servants, appreciate their contributions towards efficient service delivery and good governance, as well as highlight the importance of the Public Service in meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.