The Local Government Service Commission has organized a sensitization program for all Heads of Public Affairs Units in Local Councils across the State as part of its efforts to increase productivity and provide solutions to issues affecting Public Affairs Officers in the 57 Unified Local Government Councils.
Mr Kamal Bayewu, Chairman, Local Government Service Commission (LGSC), in his address at the program, themed “Perception Management in the Local Government” and held at Yaba LCDA reaffirmed his commitment to rendering necessary cooperation to all cadres to contribute more to the growth and development of the Local Government Councils.
Bayewu stressed the importance of training all Public Affairs Officers employed by the 57 Unified Local Government Councils, reminding participants that as the mouthpieces of the various local councils, they are expected to be resourceful and ensure that the authorities receive adequate feedback from the community.
Mr Ahmed Seriki, the Commissioner representing Epe Division in LGSC, while speaking requested the Public Affairs Officers to develop their skills and expertise in order to do their responsibilities to full potential.
Mr Biodun Bamgboye, the recently appointed Permanent Secretary of the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC), also advised Public Affairs Officers to shun personal gain and self-interest.
He advised them to build a decent dress sense, cultivate a microphone culture, and ensure they invest in themselves, especially in light of the current knowledge-driven society, as their productivity will create a smooth, cordial connection at their workplace.
Mrs Kikelomo Bolarinwa, the Permanent Secretary, Local Government Establishment, Training & Pensions, expressed gratitude to the Chairman and other members of the Commission, emphasizing the necessity of Public Affairs Officers in Local Councils.
Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, the program’s facilitator and former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, emphasized that Public Affairs Officers should ensure that they are in sync with all of their principal officers.
He emphasized the importance of Public Affairs Officers maintaining cordial relationships with all political leaders, management, and staff in their respective councils as perception managers, adding that PAOs are also expected to receive intelligent reports about their environment and initiate ideas that would be greatly appreciated.
While emphasizing the need of developing communication strategies for effectively communicating local government programs and policies to the public, Bamigbetan urged officers to purchase the necessary communication instruments, such as cameras and computers, to make their tasks easier.
“As PAOs, you must learn, unlearn, and relearn to function effectively and efficiently in your assigned responsibilities,” the facilitator said, emphasizing the importance of Public Affairs Officers maintaining cordial relationships with various media organizations and being compliant with new media.
Mr Kayode Adejare Omiyale, Chairman of the Yaba LCDA, commended the efforts and dedication of the Commission members and Directors of the Local Government Establishment, Training and Pensions, and encouraged the Public Affairs Officers to be more productive and resourceful in their jobs.
Mr Temitope Kuku, President of the 57 Unified PAOs Association, thanked the Commission members for their efforts in providing the opportunity for capacity building, stressing that the knowledge gained will be completely implemented at their various duty posts.
Also present at the event were Mrs Oluwatosin Adegun, Director, Admin and Human Resource Department (LGET&P); Mr Sedoten Ogabi, Director, Recruitment, Disciplinary and Exit; Mr Akeem Shonibare, Director, Accounts & Finance (LGSC); Mrs Olawunmi Dada, Director, Establishment (LGET&P); and Mrs Abosede Ilori, Asst. Director, Electronic – Human Resource.