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No government has excuse not to deliver valuable services to public, Ambode says


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday said no government has excuse not to deliver qualitative and valuable services to the public. Ambode spoke at a two-day training for civil servants held in Ikeja.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke, argued that for the pursuit of quality even in the face of a depressed economy, the delivery of value to citizens, is the fundamental objective of any democratically-elected government.

“In contemporary times, value must be delivered to the highest possible standard because citizens have become sophisticated and exposed to the standards of governance in other climes such that their expectations have been conditioned to demand and insist on compliance with global trends in governance and public administration at all levels of governance. Meeting these expectations is the central challenge for governments in contemporary times, even in the face of lean resources,” he said.

The governor also solicited citizens’ input to improve public services, including procurement activities, stressing that innovative governments were creating new ways for citizens to make their voices heard, giving them the ability to provide input into regulations, budgets, and the provision of services.

Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments and Training, Rhoda Ayinde, charged the trainees to be focused and make use of the opportunity to get the best from the training and passed the knowledge gained to their subordinates.

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