The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri – Okunola has charged all the Directors of Administration and Human Resource in the Lagos State Public Service to brace up for the challenges of modern public administration, saying that, a lot is expected of them, especially as Lagos assumes the status of a Smart City.

Mr. Muri- Okunola stated this during the occasion of the opening session of the year 2019 Retreat, being organized by the Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service, for Directors in the Administrative and Human Resource Cadre, in Lagos State Public Service, held at the Orchid Hotels, Lekki.

Head of Service maintained that the theme of this year’s Retreat “Relevance of Directors of Administration and Human Resource in the implementation of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda” was carefully and deliberately chosen in tandem with the policy thrust of Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu’s administration.

He stressed further that the Public Service Office, has thus organized the retreat to ensure that, as Directors, they should imbued with relevant knowledge, skills and competences essential to their efficiency and effectiveness in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities.

”As human societies advance and societal needs change, you must abreast yourselves with the new technologies which emerges alongside new challenges that require modern management tools, new knowledge and new skills for proficiency in Information and Communication Technology’’ he said.

Muri-Okunola, thereby implored all the Directors to familiarize themselves with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the present Administration, adding that, it is also important to recognize the fast paced evolution of precepts, concepts, strategies and technologies in the work environment.

’’It is only by recognizing and embracing a continuous learning culture that the Administration and Human Resource Cadre will continue to remain, not just relevant, but indispensable, to the Public Service in general’’ he added.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service, Mr. Samson Ajibade noted that the theme for this Year’s Retreat is apt, as it would also optimize growth and enhance the capacity of the participants through knowledge sharing and in line with the reform and policies of Mr. Babajide Sanwo – Olu’s administration.

He however implored all the participants to work in-tandem with the Permanent Secretaries in their respective Ministries for implementation of policies and coordinating the activities of departments as it relates to their Ministries Department and Agencies adding that all efforts must be in tune with the on-going reforms of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Femi Ogun
Head, Public Affairs,
Office of the Head of Service
4th December,2019.