Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swore-in two new Permanent Secretaries as he admonished them to lead by example and be champions of growth mindset in public service.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), congratulates Mrs. Olubusola Rhoda Ayinde after her swearing-in as Permanent Secretary, Accounts, Office of Establishment and Training at the EXCO Chamber, Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The State Government had recently launched a special advocacy campaign equip them with the right skills to fast track development and set the state on a path of sustainable growth.
Governor Ambode, while speaking at a brief swearing-in ceremony held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, told the new appointees, Mrs Ayinde Rhoda Olubusola, and Mr Olusanya Ebenezer Abayomi, to key into the template already created for the civil service designed to stimulate change of mindset and the infusion of innovation and creativity in government business.
He said: “Every appointment comes with higher responsibilities and expectations. For the Lagos State Public Service, a template has been developed and it is being implemented systematically. Essentially, the template is about change of mindset and the infusion of innovation and creativity in government business.
“As members of the top echelon of the Public Service, you are expected to be champions of this paradigm shift not only by words but by your actions. You must lead by example and create the environment for your subordinates to emulate high standards of performance. This is the only way we can build a public service for the future and one that has what it takes to facilitate the level of development required of a Smart City.”
“Although this exercise has become a regular ceremony due to the vacancies created from time to time as a result of retirement of office holders, we must resist the temptation to view it as mere routine with no serious significance attached. On the contrary, it is a solemn occasion in which a commitment is made before God and man to live up to expected standards,” the Governor said.
Governor Ambode also acknowledged and thanked the former Permanent Secretaries whose retirement brought about the need to appoint new leaders to fill up the space, for their contributions to the civil service.