Govt with poor wel­fare pack­ages plans to fail – Am­bode

The Punch - - PHOTO NEWS - Se­san Olu­fowobi

THE La­gos State Gover­nor, Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, says any gov­ern­ment that fails to give good wel­fare pack­ages to its work­ers plans to fail, and risks los­ing its good­will among cit­i­zens.

Am­bode, who spoke on Tues­day at a two-day train­ing work­shop in Ikeja, said gov­ern­ment had a duty to en­sure that the wel­fare of work­ers was taken care of in or­der to get ex­cel­lent ser­vices.

The gover­nor, who was rep­re­sented by the Com­mis­sioner for Es­tab­lish­ments, Train­ing and Pen­sions, Dr Ben­son Oke, said, “Any gov­ern­ment that plays with wel­fare of work­ers does so at the risk of ru­in­ing the de­vo­tion of its em­ploy­ees and con­se­quently the trust of the cit­i­zens.

“Of the many wise em­ploy­ers liv­ing by this no­ble ideal, the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment is one of the most notable. The ded­i­ca­tion of the La­gos gov­ern­ment to the wel­fare of its work­force – both dur­ing and af­ter ser­vice – can­not be de­nied.”

Am­bode said the ob­jec­tive of the train­ing was to sharpen in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion skills of of­fi­cers of the La­gos State Civil Ser­vice in or­der to serve the gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of the state.

He stressed the need for the work­ers to pos­sess soft skills such as per­sonal val­ues, eti­quette, get­ting along with oth­ers, lis­ten­ing and en­gag­ing in small talk, among oth­ers.

“Soft skills can be learned and they ul­ti­mately con­trib­ute to the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the La­gos State Civil Ser­vice. As an of­fi­cer of the La­gos State Civil Ser­vice, you are also ex­pected to have soft skills,” he said.

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