The Honourable Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle, has revealed that the State Government will deepen its accelerated training programme this year by focusing more on technical skills and competencies of Public Servants in the State.
She gave the hint whilst addressing participants at the Executive Training Programme organised for Heads of Agencies with the theme: ‘Repositioning and Re-engineering for the 21st Century’.
Her words: “The State Government just completed competency framework exercise which made it possible to identify the technical skills each cadre in the public service requires. Also, exchange programme is being planned for officers in the State Public Service to avail them the opportunity of developing their practical knowledge and experience in various areas”.
Whilst adding that the whole idea is for them to learn the best practices, new knowledge and new skills that prevail in the private sector, she said the exercise will take between two and three months to complete. The Commissioner averred that the Executive Training Programme was targeted at Heads of Agencies to develop and sharpen their leadership skills and help them to understand what is required of them to achieve the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda. She confirmed that the focus of the programme is on Strategic Leadership and Leadership Excellence which centres on knowing how to deal with specific situations in the course of leading their Agencies.
She continued: “But beyond this, we wanted to use it as a form of inter-agency platform whereby the Heads of Agencies meet one another and interact to solve individual challenges which may arise in the course of work”.
Mrs. Ponnle advised the participants to keep an open mind and convert what is learnt at the training into practice.
She counselled that they must recognise that Mr. Governor is very passionate about leadership and he is determined to support and equip Heads of Agencies to deliver on their jobs.
One of the participants, Mr. Wahab Alawiye-King, commended the State Government for organising the leadership training programme and in particular, the Honourable Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle, for her efforts in transforming the training programme in the State.