LASG Tasks Local Government Workers To Be Knowledge-Driven

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Some Local Government workers, who enrolled in the LASU-PSSDC Diploma in Local Government Administration and Development Studies (DLGADS), have been challenged to garner knowledge in order to meet the expectations of the State Government for a workforce that will be relevant in a 21st Century Economy.
Speaking at the Orientation Ceremony of the two-year collaborative Diploma programme between the Lagos State University (LASU) and the Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Magodo, the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle said the current administration is aware of the fact that a highly-skilled public service is essential to the realisation of the T.H.E.M.E.S. Development Agenda.
“The present administration believes that the State will develop the capacity to face the existential threat arising from the interplay of demographic and climate change and the continued levels of migration into the State that have and continued to put a phenomenal strain on the physical and fiscal resources of Lagos”, she noted.
Ponnle, whose speech was read by the Director-General, PSSDC, Dr. Senukon Ajose-Harrison, stated that the collaboration between PSSDC and LASU is one of such opportunities the State had put together to ensure the development of a public service that would rise to the challenges of development in the State, while acquiring additional qualifications to enhance careers in the State Public Service.
“I charge you to resolve to contribute your professional best at every point of your career, distinguish and build yourselves into professional brands both within and outside of your places of employment. The only stumbling block between you and a successful Public Service career is you. Your attitude to work, knowledge acquisition and indeed, to life, would go a long way to define your place in the Public Service”, she said.
Ponnle, therefore, enjoined the participants to strive and acquire the requisite knowledge and continue to nurture the right attitude that would aid the development of the right leadership in the services of the State.
Earlier, the PSSDC DG, Mr. Ajose-Harrison said the primary purpose of the programme was to collaborate in the provision of learning and development/capacity building interventions, including academic programmes, conferences and seminars among others, beginning with the provision of DLGADS and the moderating of PSSDC’s Certificate Course in Local Government Administration.
According to him, the rationale and objective of the DLGADS include the provision of the best education and training for practitioners in the field of Local Government Administration to empower them to reposition the Local Government and make it more efficient, competitive, result-oriented and independent, through effective leadership and management.
“Through the programme, the collaborating institutions seek to provide an adequate platform for students to acquire and develop appropriate conceptual skills and attitude required for effective local government administration, as well as inculcate high ethical behaviour that will equip them to formulate and support better public policies at the grassroots levels through mentoring, teaching and research”, the DG said.

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