The Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation (OTCI), has organised a knowledge-based Stakeholders’ Engagement for Creativity and Innovation Ambassadors, to equip them with the right skills and knowledge required for optimal performance.
Addressing the gathering which comprised of newly selected and erstwhile Creativity and Innovation (C&I) Ambassadors in the State at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, the Director-General, Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, Mr. Toba Otusanya, said the engagement was organised to scale up the achievements recorded so far in the C&I space.
He added that the meeting was also necessitated to ensure that the Ambassadors were on the same page regarding their roles and responsibilities, as well as knowing the viable strategies to adopt while proffering solutions to challenges faced in the discharge of the assigned responsibilities.
According to him, having monitored and evaluated improvements and identified gaps, the need to equip and expose the C&I Ambassadors to modern skills and trends in the Creativity and Innovation space cannot be over-emphasised.
He, therefore, urged the participants to develop valuable and essential skills such as Networking skills, Observation skills, Association skills, Questioning skills and Experimentation skills if they must succeed as C&I Ambassadors and be impactful.
“Equally important is the need to have a clear vision; the ability to identify major stakeholders to drive the initiative; the ability to start new things without entertaining fear; be persistent; be resilient; refuse to be discouraged”, Otusanya added.
The Director-General enjoined Public Servants who have ideas considered to be beneficial to the State to forward same to www.lagossolutionhub.com, noting that the OTCI is developing a C&I Competition specifically for Public Servants with a Prize Money attached which they should take advantage of.
While praising Accounting Officers for their efforts towards the sustenance of the Creativity and Innovation Initiative in their MDAs, Otusanya stated that having their buy-in is crucial to the success of the initiative, just as their support for the initiative, through their C&I Ambassadors, would go a long way in realising the Creativity and Innovation aspirations of the State.
He commended the Creativity and Innovation Ambassadors for their enthusiasm and achievements so far, encouraging them to always find out what challenges, problems and issues their MDAs are faced with and see how as a team they could creatively proffer solutions to them.
Other Speakers took turns to discuss issues that bordered on ‘How to deploy creative ideas and solutions to surmount limitations to achieving results in the Public Service as C&I Ambassadors”, as well as ‘Innovation Culture and its Relevance to a 21st Century Workplace’.
Some of the recommendations arrived at included the need for the Ambassadors to work together as a team with other members of staff; the need to have Ambassadors attend Management Meetings in order to get acquainted with happenings in their Agencies, so as to strategise appropriately and come up with creative solutions and the need to adequately protect intellectual property by adopting a non-disclosure agreement.
Others are the need to put dates on ideas as they arrive to avoid controversies; the need to always ask, ‘what is the impact of what I am doing as an Ambassador in my MDA’ and the need to have an officer identified as the originator of an idea in the implementation.
Recall that the C&I Ambassadors Committee was established by the State Government to encourage MDAs to take ownership of solutions to identified challenges submitted by their staff, to involve staff in the implementation process as well as documenting such activities in their Staff Performance Appraisal and Development (SPADEV) reports for rewards and recognition.