The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has praised the state workforce for a peaceful work environment leading to sustainable productivity for the Public Service,
Ambode who was represented by the Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry Of Establishments, Training, And Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson spoke at the just concluded Retreat for Trade Union Leaders on the topic, “”Industrial Harmony and Sustainable Productivity in Lagos State” in Lagos.
He stated that industrial harmony refers to a friendly and cooperative agreement on working relationships between employers and employees for their mutual benefit.
He said that human resources are rightly regarded as the bedrock of an organization since organizations are overwhelmingly dependent on human capacity for the supply of physical labour, technical and professional skills, which are germane for effective and efficient planning and implementation of development policies, programmes, projects, and daily activities.
He stressed that there is no disagreement on the proposition that human resource policies and practices are influenced by strategy and structure and, more importantly, by external factors such as trade unions, labour market situation and the legal system.
He said: “In Lagos State, we are proud to note that there is in place, a well thought-out and sequential model on industrial relations practices. In Lagos State, instead of suppressing conflicts, specific channels are created to make these conflicts explicit and resolved. It is in furtherance of this approach to industrial relations that the Governor approved a retreat for the purpose of the government and the leadership of the trades unions in Lagos State to deliberate on industrial harmony and sustainable productivity in the state.
“The approach by the State Government is not a ruse or gimmick. Rather, it is well-engrained in the fabric of the industrial relations policies of the government. We have a number of industrial relations platforms such as the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC). The prevailing harmonious relationship between the government of Lagos State and the various trade unions in the Lagos State Public Service is an eloquent testimony to the relevance, importance, competence and strategic philosophy of the Governor to governance. We urge all stakeholders in the human resource and industrial relations arm of the State Public Service not to rest on their oars. In order to sustain the existing atmosphere of industrial harmony in the state and in order to transform such harmony into even greater productivity, we must be proactive
“Governor Ambode is committed to a perpetual regimen of training and re-training of skills. This is because, in today’s world in particular, high premium is placed on the possession of skills that are adaptable to the needs ever-dynamic needs of modern society. Many of these skills are soft skills. All stakeholders should also commit to the promotion of the indispensable value of team work in labour and government relations. The Public Service will become more effective and efficient if all stakeholders rededicate to the values of team work and collaboration.”
Benson said that with firm focus on delivering value to the people of Lagos State, the administration has since recognised that one of the most effective ways to ensure that officers of the public service are positioned to deliver value is to invest in improving their skills and knowledge.
To this end, a number of trainings have been approved and delivered to ensure that officers of the Public Service are positioned to favourably compete with officers from other states and able to meet the challenges of today’s world, he added.