Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs. Olabowale Ademola has urged Public Servants in the state to continue to exhibit absolute responsiveness and diligence in ensuring quality service delivery to the citizenry in consonance with the state government’s policy of government of inclusion.
Ademola spoke in Lagos over the weekend at a Press Conference to formally herald the commencement of Y2016 Public Service Week Celebration in the State with the theme “Inclusiveness and Public Service Delivery“.
She pointed out that the Public Service Week Celebration is significant as it provides an opportunity to reflect on the journey and the progress made so far toward transforming the State Civil Service into a modern, innovative and effective instrument of governance and development of the State.
The Head of Service noted that the commemoration of the Public Service Day is in pursuance of the Tangier Declaration of the Conference of African Civil Service Ministers which in 1994 mandated all African countries to commemorate 23rd of June as the African Day of Administration and Civil Service.
”The primary objective of the celebration is to acknowledge the important contributions that the Civil Service makes towards the development of our dear State and to highlight the vital role which the Civil Service will play in meeting the challenges which the 21st century promises. The Day is also meant to draw due attention to the working conditions and quality of public servants who devote their lives to serving the public diligently,” Mrs. Ademola averred.
According to her, Lagos State is one of the few States that had consistently observed the Public Service Day adding that the State Government has therefore lined up activities stretching over a week which would culminate on the final day on 23rd June in order to show how important the day is to the Public Service Office.
Said she, “as it is our tradition, a lot of activities mixed with pomp and pageantry have been lined up in a week-long exercise that would climaxed on June 23 to commemorate the day. Such activities include Jumat Service, Interdenominational Service, Walk for Fitness, Parades by the various MDAs, Visitation to charitable organisations, Health Screening and Public Lecture among others.”
She urged Public Servants in the State to actively participate in all the activities that have been lined up in order to ensure a successful week-long celebration.