Civil service sector reforms continue to be an integral part of governments’ efforts to modernize civil service for optimal performance thereby making it more responsive. This prompted the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to organize a Two-day Staff Retreat for its Senior and Junior cadre.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony which was held today at theFolarin Coker Staff Clinic Hall Secretariat Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Lagos State Commissioner for Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Dr. Lola Akande while declaring the retreat opened pointed that the retreat is in line with the State Government efforts at actualising the various reforms on-going in the State through a dynamic workforce that is efficient and result oriented.
According to her the retreat is a strategic tool for the enhancement of employee performance and in line with the Ministry‘s Mission of ”Women Development and Poverty Reduction as a Means to attaining Sustainable Growth through efficient and Prompt Service Delivery” , she said.
According to Akande, the objective of the retreat is to create to create opportunity in enhancing efficiency and better performance. “As a Ministry, we are resolved to work harder to drastically reduce poverty and hunger in the State; combat inequalities amongst women, build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; promote gender equality and protect rights of women as well as their empowerment”, said Akande.
The retreat which was organized by the ministry in collaboration with Archetype Management Consultancy Limited has as its theme: Driving Reforms through Efficient Public Service. In its topic titled Service Standards in Public Service-Rules & Disciplines, the Facilitator, Engineer Tayo Bewaji, explained that Civil Service rules enhance quality of public service delivery by: Preventing arbitrariness and high handedness; ensuring accountability and probity in the use of public resources, among others. According to him, officers who break civil service rules relating to conduct and ethics can be prosecuted through the courts and imprisoned, he warned.
Effective communication according to Mrs. Sola Oloke, Partner, Archetype Management Consultancy Limited, are critical life skill that influences ones degree of professional success stability of family life, quality in social relationship. “These skills are critical and one can enjoy the benefits of having more rewarding relationship with others if someone is a competent communicator”, she said.
Other topics treated include: Strategic Work habit-Work life balance, Time management and Reward management, managing your boss, among others.