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Lagos govt trains 30 Nigerians in public service principles


The Lagos State Government is holding a Fellowship for 30 young Nigerians drawn from all geopolitical zones of the country where they will be trained in the principles and workings of the state public service for 12 months.

The fellowship, which is being organised by the Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy, is “an intense and rigorous 12-month programme which we intend for these fellows to go around the entire public service,” said the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who visited the associates at the weekend in their Magodo Phase II lodge where they will be housed for the period of the fellowship.

“Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy is one of the babies of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to engage the youth and imbibe the spirit of public sector service in them,” Muri-Okunola said.

He added that the associates “will be shadowing cabinet members and members of the body of Permanent Secretaries to understand the workings of the public service; to understand the backstage of the services that are being rendered to the citizens of Lagos State. They will have a backstage pass to the public service.

“So, sometimes they will shadow the governor himself, the deputy governor, they will go round each and every cabinet member, each member of the body of permanent secretaries; from the health to the Teaching Service, to every cadre of service will be shadowed for them to understand the workings of government, the hierarchical system of governance and the bureaucratic nature of governance.”

The Head of Service said the associates would go for international tours to learn “from other climes”, adding, “Particularly, this year, I think we’ll be taking them to Singapore to study the public service of Singapore, to see the things they can learn from there.”

He further said: “We intend to give them a robust platform and entrench them in public service so that at the end of it they can decide what course or path they want to go in their lives. It may be public service, it may be the private sector, but whatever sector they choose, they will be equipped with leadership skills that can take them anywhere because the world is their oyster.”

Speaking on the importance of the fellowship to the nation, the HoS said: “This is important especially when we say the youth of today are our leaders from today. So, they need to be entrenched, they need to be imbibed with leadership traits, abilities, and capabilities to enable them, if called upon at a moment’s notice to be in any leadership position in our nation, they will be equipped with the relevant skills that will enable them to excel in those roles.”

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, LJLA, Ayisat Agbaje, who stressed that the selection process was “purely meritocratic”, noted that the programme aims to make the associates change agents in society.

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