La­gos Govt ac­knowl­edges de­mand for ac­count­abil­ity, oth­ers

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS - By Bankole Orim­isan

THE La­gos State Gov­ern­ment said it is aware of the need to in­sti­tute greater pub­lic sec­tor trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and eq­uity.

Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, who said this, also said he recog­nises that gov­er­nance ar­range­ments in the pub­lic ser­vices are keenly ob­served and of­ten crit­i­cised.

He dis­closed this at the flagoff of a two-day Ca­pac­ity Build­ing Pro­gramme For Pub­lic Of­fice Hold­ers on, “Deep­en­ing Ca­pac­ity of Pub­lic Of­fice Hold­ers for Good Gov­er­nance,” held in La­gos, and fa­cil­i­tated by Festey As­so­ciates Lim­ited. The Gover­nor, who was rep­re­sented by the Com­mis­sioner, State Min­istry of Es­tab­lish­ments, Train­ing And Pen­sions, Dr . Ak­in­tola, Ben­son, posited that sig­nif­i­cant gov­er­nance fail­ings at­tract huge at­ten­tion, as they should, adding that one sig­nif­i­cant fail­ing can taint a whole sec­tor . He said th­ese ne­ces­si­tated his re­solve to train and re­train pub­lic of­fice­hold­ers in the State, for the re­al­i­sa­tion of its lofty ob­jec­tives, as well as ex­pose them to prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions of var­i­ous in­stru­ments and tech­niques of good gov­er­nance. Th­ese in­clude fi­nan­cial and funds man­age­ment, sus­tain­able rev­enue mo­bil­i­sa­tion mod­els as ap­pli­ca­ble to the business of gov­ern­ment as against tra­di­tional process of defin­ing what the in­stru­ments and tech­niques.

Recog­nis­ing the enor­mous value that knowl­edge and skills train­ing bring to bear on the at­tain­ment of strate­gic ob­jec­tives of the gov­ern­ment is based on the fact that pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions are big busi­nesses and are im­por­tant to tax pay­ers and ser­vice users.

He also harped on re­cent ini­tia­tives by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to curb cor­rup­tion, re­store due process, and re­spect for pro­ce­dures, rules and reg­u­la­tions, im­prove se­cu­rity by strength­en­ing anti-ter­ror­ism, anti-kid­nap­ping an­tirob­bery and re­lated agen­cies.

Th­ese un­der­score the need to en­sure that of­fice­hold­ers meet the high­est stan­dards and that gov­er­nance ar­range­ments are not only sound, but are seen to be sound.

Pro­gram Of­fi­cer, Women in Man­age­ment, Business and Pub­lic Ser­vice ( WIMBIZ), Sylvia Omenukwa ( left); Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Elsie Ak­pabio; Chair­per­son, Olubunmi Aboderin-ta­l­abi; Host, Chief Obafemi Olopade; Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, WIMBIZ, Hansatu Adeg­bite and Pro­gram Man­ager, Ay­o­mide Ola­jide dur­ing the Ad­vo­cacy visit to Chief Olopade to pro­mote Wimbiz women on Boards in La­gos. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

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