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Determined to engender efficient service delivery and further improve the capacity of its workforce, the Ogun Ministry of Agriculture has put together a training for Directors and their Deputies with a charge on them to brace up for the tasks ahead in this new year as more productivity was expected of them.
Declaring the training open at the Simon Adebo Library, Kuto, Abeokuta,with the theme “Ethos, Ethical Leadership and Demand in Workplace”, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, noted that the need to continually empower and broaden the capacity of its staffers cannot be over emphasised.
Odedina said the training became necessary to prepare the officers for what lies ahead in the year, charging them to brace up to do more as their job is service delivery to the people.
“We are social workers with technology. If we don’t prepare ourselves very well, things won’t work. As we are preparing ourselves now, we should also prepare the people too. Pro-training linkage is also necessary because you learn more on the job”, he said.
In her good will message, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Establishment and Training, Mrs Lydia Fajombo, emphasized the importance of human capital development which she said enables officers to contribute meaningfully to the organization.
She encouraged the participants to be committed to promoting and upholding workplace integrity, charging them to be conversant with statutory books as well as service values and standards.
“As leaders, uphold workplace integrity as well as Civil Service values and standards. We must be conversant with statutory books in the civil service such as, Public Service Rules, Civil Service Commission Regulations, Financial Regulations, Circulars, Office manuals, among others”, she charged.
Mrs Fajombo advised the participants to leverage on the training for personal developments and better job performance in line with the present administration’s “building our future together” agenda.
One of the facilitators, the Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Fatai Ogunlana emphasized the importance of discipline on the part of senior officers as a guide to the subbordinates.
“Those who wish to lead other people should always remember that effective leadership involves exemplary character, hard work and transparent integrity. Civil servants must be well disciplined. Rules and regulations should be adhered to and interest of the service must be paramount. Senior officers should prescribe codes of conduct which they themselves can and should comply with”, he charged.
Another facilitator, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Service Matters, Mr. Dahunsi Ogunleye, defined ethical leadership as “a practical demonstration of virtues and values.”
He identified honesty, integrity, loyalty, promise-keeping, fairness, care, as attributes of a good leader, charging them to be of good character which he said is defined by one’s actions.
Other attributes enumerated include, respect for others, being law abiding, commitment to excellence and accountability, enjoining them to be accommodating and collaborate with others to meet organisational set goals.