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Over 30,000 public servants receive training in 2021

By Gbenga Salau
24 October 2021   |   3:02 am
Following manpower and capacity development reforms in the Lagos State Public Service, over 30,000 public servants have undergone training in varied courses, since the beginning of 2021.

Commissioner for Establishments, Training, and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle

Following manpower and capacity development reforms in the Lagos State Public Service, over 30,000 public servants have undergone training in varied courses, since the beginning of 2021. 

The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle, said this during a strategic meeting with management staff of the ministry, disclosing that those trained cut across grade levels, cadres and gender.

Noting that different platforms were adopted for the initiative, including online and physical training, she revealed that about 28,000 public servants have benefitted from online courses, while 2,500 have had physical training with the figure excluding those involved in the micro-learning webinar series.

Ponnle declared that the figure was unprecedented and marked a watershed in the training administration in Lagos State, as it represented a dramatic shift from the previous arrangement, where only 3000 public servants were trained in four years. 

The commissioner explained that the introduction of the Learning Management System, which has a variety of 4,000 free learning content, self-enrollment courses and 8,000 courses from the LinkedIn Learning Library, has brought remarkable changes in the training climate in Lagos, pointing out that the intention was to drive radical change that would address capacity deficit in the public sector, enhance efficiency and engender competence among civil servants.  

Ponnle said the figure could be higher because some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) compel their staff to undergo certain courses, making reference to the Ministry of Science and Technology, which since the middle of the year, had mandated 25 courses for their technical and non-technical staff. 

Whilst maintaining that training programmes transcend the entire spectrum and hierarchy of the state public service, she said some of those who have not benefitted from previous training have been nominated already, and that the selection process was objective, even as the courses are always oversubscribed.