Director General, Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Dr. Olufunmi Ajose-Harrison presenting certificate to one of the participants

The Director General, Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), Dr. Olufunmi Ajose-Harrison at the weekend unveiled plans by the centre to induct about 2,000 civil servants recruited by the state government who are yet to be inducted into the service.

He said the PSSDC now had backlog to deal with and would urgently do it in batches in order to fully equip such recruits to fit properly into the system.

Ajose-Harrison made this disclosure at the closing ceremony of four training programmes organised by the institution for different cadres of Lagos State public servants.

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He said the PSSDC had initiated the process of upgrading its facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, stressing that the institution’s current priority was to increase the number of new inductees being trained from 150 to 250 people, a feat that would be achieved through its Learning Management System.

Ajose-Harrison reaffirmed the institution’s capabilities and relevance in the training and retraining of Public Servants for efficient and effective service delivery, saying PSSDC remained a 21st-century training institution.

He assured that the institution would continue to remain relevant in capacity building and competition with other institutions globally, hinging his optimism on the quantum of support that the current administration has extended towards upgrading PSSDC into a Public Service University.

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The Director-General reiterated that the State Government had put a premium on the training of its workforce so that they could align with the six development pillars of the administration, assuring that a conducive environment exists for capacity building and scientific research.

A cross section of participants at the event

He, therefore, urged participants to display excellence at work and apply their fresh ideas in service delivery as expected by the government in its drive towards a Greater Lagos.

Earlier in separate communique presented by representatives, participants commended the continued vision of the State Government in providing funds to sustain the PSSDC, and hailed its management for the high standards displayed during the workshop.

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The participants described the environment as friendly, conducive and hospitable, just as they applauded the professional conduct of facilitators during the various programmes.

About 180 participants benefited from the four training programmes namely, Effective Transportation Management; Effective Presentations Using MS-PowerPoint; Monitoring and Evaluation and Understanding MTSS; Programmes-based Budgeting and Budget Profiling Reform Template.