Edo trains senior civil, public servants on innovation, productivity
Edo State Government has completed a two-day capacity-building workshop for senior civil and public servants in the state, in line with ongoing reforms by the Governor Godwin Obaseki administration to upskill the workforce for increased efficiency and productivity.
Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, who declared the training open at John Odigie-Oyegun Public Service Academy in Benin City, said: “This particular course is to address the deficiencies and lapses in the critical thinking ability of civil and public servants in the state.”
A statement by the Senior Adviser to the Governor on Media Project, Crusoe Osagie, also quoted Okungbowa as saying: “We are building a new service that is moving away from the transactional way it has always operated to a strategic service and so there are a lot of things we are going to do. The first is that we have to build the intellectual capacity of our civil and public servants.”
“Mr. Governor is very conscious of that because it is only those who are mentally alert that can do their job. If you’re not a critical thinker, you’re not going to be able to address the issues relating to the service and be able to solve the problems that arise in the course of your work.”
He said the training, which is starting with top civil and public servants in the state, would take place at all levels of the state’s workforce.
“It’s a series and a lot more will happen in the course of time. We’re taking things in phases. However, for critical thinking, we’re addressing management staff because those are the ones who deal with having to give directives. So, they must be aware and then be able to think critically about those assignments they are giving to people.
“We are addressing the echelon of directors and assistant directors for a start and will cascade down to ensure that everyone who has the responsibility of management in the service is able to think critically.”