Centre adopts grassroots approach for productivity consciousness
The National Productivity Centre (NPC) will collaborate with local government administrations to build consciousness from the grassroots level, its Director-General, Dr. Kashim Akor has said.
The NPC boss, who disclosed this at the Oyo State Local Government leadership and productivity workshop held in Ibadan, described local governments as the centre of development and fertile grounds to nurture a productivity mindset.
“If we get labour right, I am sure that all other factors within the chain of production will be right. It is against this backdrop that the NPC engaged with the Local Government Service Commission of Oyo state to fashion out a collaboration to build a productivity mindset because we must, as a country, build a productivity-consciousness, attitude and the thinking that we can always improve on whatever we do no matter how successful we are.
“No matter how good the system is and individuals are, we must continuously tell ourselves that our best is yet to come. We must continually push ourselves beyond our limits. The human capacity to create has no limit. There is nothing the heart conceives that the body cannot execute,” he said.
He identified innovation, creativity, self-development and time management as the most critical elements workers must imbibe to improve their productivity.
He hinted that the essence of the workshop was to expose the local government workers to how they can deploy the resources available to them efficiently in a manner that such resources are used to achieve the maximum result they were intended to achieve.
He insisted that inculcating productivity consciousness from the grassroots is one of the strategies the NPC will continue to deepen, adding, “we all know that the local government administration is very critical to development, especially sustainable development because that is where the bulk of the population resides.
“So, there is a constant need to build the capacity of the workforce at that level of government. We aim to inbuild a culture of productivity in whatever they do. Our ambition is to build a mass movement of productivity champions and ambassadors that will go into the field to preach the message of productivity.”
In his remarks at the occasion, Chairman, Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Dr. Aderemi Ayodele, enjoined council workers to shun indolence, absenteeism, ineptitude and laissez faire disposition to work.
He added: “The corrupt practice which is endemic in the local government service of today is systemic, hence the service needs a total reformation. In the light of this, I’m delighted to inform you that given our observation of this decadence, the Commission has embarked upon sensitisation, reorientation and attitudinal change of our personnel in the local government service, through the gracious approval received from Governor Seyi Makinde, by embarking on seminars and workshops that will bring about the desired positive change in our staff.”
While urging council officials to imbibe exemplary leadership qualities, transparency, productivity and accountability, Ayodele further charged them to build a productivity mindset and become change agents at their respective council areas.