The process of manpower planning remains vital to any organisation to effectively plan for the people, the Ogun State Head of Service, Alhaja Selimot Ottun has said.

Alhaja Ottun who stated this in Abeokuta while declaring open a day capacity training programme put together by the Bureau of Establishments and Training for Establishments Desk Officers drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), said it is important to build capacity to further assist the government in manpower planning for accurate estimate on employees needed to accomplish set targets.

Speaking on the theme; ‘Mastering the intricacies of preparation of Establishments Proposal’ Alhaja Ottun explained that proper utilisation of human resources would eliminate challenges associated with unemployment and intricacies involved in staffing.

“The importance of personnel and manpower estimates, as a component of the annual budget cannot be over-emphasised. Government needs accurate data inputs from different quarters and sectors for proper planning”, she said.

The Head of Service charged the participating officers to ensure that manpower proposals are properly and accurately collated to support the government with necessary information and figures for adequate staffing of its workforce.

“As Establishments Desk Officers in your agencies, you have the burden of ensuring that manpower proposals are accurately collated, to ensure that government is equipped with proper information and figures to ensure adequate staffing of its MDAs”, Ottun charged.

In her opening address, the Permanent Secretary in the Bureau, Mrs. Lydia Fajounbo said the training was in line with the inclusive approach of the present administration, to improve on the preparation of the annual manpower proposals, as an essential part of the budget.

In his contribution, one of the facilitators, a retired Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Adekunle Adegbite, said it is pertinent for organisations to maximally utilise human, financial and technological resources, to achieve corporate goals, urging the participants to make good use of the knowledge gained.

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