The Lagos State Government yesterday said that it has earmarked about N1billion for training of its staff for this year, just as it has recruited 149 consultants.
Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson disclosed this at the Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), at Magodo, Lagos.
Benson, who spoke while addressing staff undergoing training on “Strategic Corporate Planning in the Public Sector for Senior Officers,” said the government, in its bid to ensure that staff were appropriately trained, increased training fund from N149 million in 2015 to N1 billion for this year.
He added that a total of 149 consultants were selected from the 540 consultants who applied for the consultancy training job.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Training, Office of Establishments and Training, Mr. Liafiz Aruna said government embarked on aggressive staff training in order to keep staff abreast in a 21st Century knowledge-driven economy.
“The 21st Century is knowledge-driven. The amount of information gathered determine how you are able fit into the system. Things are changing and Lagos State, as a mega-city has up-scaled the training of staff to meet up with the 21st Century demand.
“This training is part of learning and development policy of the government aimed at developing competence, skills, attitude and knowledge required by civil servants to fit into the system,” he said.
The commissioner said it was not possible for government to train all staff at once, but that government was training a critical mass of civil servants, who would in turn impact the knowledge acquired on others in order to ensure a better administration.
He added that about 80-85 per cent of government staff had been slated for training in batches, disclosing that 10 different consultants had embarked on training of staff in the last two weeks.
Benson stated that most of the people being trained were senior staff from grade level 13 and above, who would in turn train other junior staff to acquire the same knowledge and skills.
He said the staff were being trained on use of AutoCAD, engineering techniques, management development focus courses, among others, adding that the training would continue till the end of the year in batches, both locally and internationally