Am­bode Urges Em­ploy­ers to Pri­ori­tise Work­ers’ Wel­fare

THISDAY - - BUSINESS WORLD - Ebere Nwoji

La­gos State Gov­er­nor, Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, has em­pha­sised the need for both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ers to ac­cord pri­or­ity to the wel­fare of their em­ploy­ees in order to win their loy­alty and gain their op­ti­mal per­for­mance.

Am­bode gave the ad­vice at the open­ing ses­sion of a re­cent work­shop tagged: ‘Vi­tal In­ter­per­sonal Skills for Pen­sion Ad­min­is­tra­tors’ or­gan­ised by the Civil Ser­vice Pen­sions Of­fice (CSPO) of the La­gos State Min­istry of Es­tab­lish­ments, Train­ing and Pen­sions in La­gos.

He in­sisted that em­ploy­ers who deny their work­force this much needed right, risk ru­in­ing their en­ter­prises and the trust and de­vo­tion of their em­ploy­ees.

The gov­er­nor, who was rep­re­sented by the Com­mis­sioner, Min­istry of Es­tab­lish­ments, Train­ing and Pen­sions, Dr. Ak­in­tola Ben­son, said the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment, is one of the most no­table of govern­ments that be­lieve in this ideal.

He stated that the un­ri­valled ded­i­ca­tion of the state gov­ern­ment to the wel­fare of its work­force both dur­ing and af­ter ser­vice can­not be overem­pha­sised, adding that the gov­er­nor, had man­dated his min­istry to em­bark on a con­tin­u­ous train­ing of the staff in order to en­sure the de­liv­ery of top qual­ity ser­vices to the of­fi­cers of the civil ser­vice.

The train­ing, he said, was ded­i­cated to in­cul­cat­ing and sharp­en­ing the vi­tal in­ter­per­sonal skills that of­fi­cers of the civil ser­vice Pen­sions Of­fice re­quire to prop­erly and fully serve the pen­sion­ers and re­tirees of the state civil ser­vice.

“In ad­di­tion to ful­fill­ing my du­ties in which I have been charged with the re­spon­si­bil- ity of en­sur­ing the ad­e­quate ex­po­sure of the civil ser­vice to knowl­edge on an on­go­ing ba­sis, the ac­tiv­i­ties that have been car­ried out signify and un­der­score the gov­er­nor’s com­mit­ment to all mat­ters re­lat­ing to the wel­fare of staff, re­tirees, and pen­sion­ers in La­gos State”, he stated.

Speak­ing fur­ther, he said: “In aim­ing to call at­ten­tion to, and aid the de­vel­op­ment of, the vi­tal in­ter­per­sonal skills that are vi­tal for pen­sion ad­min­is­tra­tors, our train­ings will fo­cus on the skills that are not learnt in schools but are im­por­tant though rarely vis­i­ble. These are the skills that are less tan­gi­ble, harder to quan­tify, chal­leng­ing to teach and, some­times, dif­fi­cult to de­scribe. They in­clude at­tributes such as eti­quette, get­ting along with oth­ers, lis­ten­ing and en­gag­ing in small talk. With­out doubt, these skills are re­lated to the con­cept of ‘em­ploy­a­bil­ity’ but they are also re­lated to the con­cepts of ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­ciency, Ben­son said.

He main­tained that pos­sess­ing the right at­ti­tude to work is a soft skill that is not taught in uni­ver­si­ties and other for­mal schools, adding, “this is there­fore an at­tempt to help of­fi­cers of the Civil Ser­vice Pen­sions of­fice de­velop the skills that are nec­es­sary for suc­cess.

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