Lagos Gov’t Introduces S.H.I.F.T Talks To Celebrate Distinguished Staff

The Lagos State Government has introduced an interactive knowledge-sharing platform tagged S.H.I.F.T. Talks to harvest the inherent wisdom and celebrate staff who distinguish themselves through the introduction of novel ideas.

This was revealed by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle, on Wednesday, during her speech at the J.J.T. Park in Alausa, while addressing journalists at the Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the first anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s assumption of office.

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“The Maiden Edition of SHIFT Talks, an interactive knowledge-sharing platform for public servants, was aimed at harvesting the collective wisdom inherent within the Service, showcasing innovation by staff and networking to bridge the inter-ministerial gap”, she explained.

The Commissioner further stated that during the first edition “Knowledge SHIFTer, Mrs. Tope George, a lawyer from the Ministry of Justice shared nuggets from a book she authored while Innovation SHIFTer, Seun Ogunmolu, who launched an App he developed, was recognised by the Governor for an excellent performance. It should be worthy of note that Mr. Ogunmolu was advanced to GL 10 as a result of his innovative drive”.

Rendering the account of service rendered by the Ministry and its agencies in the past year, Ponnle said that the Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC, had by the end of March 2020, designed and implemented a total of 44 Learning and Development programmes for a total of 2,164 Public Service staff to enhance job performance.

She listed other initiatives employed to boost the morale of employees, including the organisation of In-Plant, Tailor-Made Workshops and Seminars, sponsorship of officers for Local and foreign training, and approval for Study Leave, among others.

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“We have trained a total of 4,210 staff during the year in-class sessions, representing 30% of the cumulative number trained in the previous four years, apart from the over 11,000 participants online.”

To ensure a safe, conflict-free and productive workplace, she said the Ministry provided strategic and expert advice on industrial relations and also played an important role in the successful negotiation of the new minimum wage plus consequential adjustments. She also noted that three months arrears, as agreed, had already been paid to employees between February and April 2020 during the lockdown.

Ponnle emphasised that “the Lagos State Government pays more than the Federal recommended minimum wage, which shows the magnanimity of Governor Sanwo-Olu in ensuring that the ‘take-home’ of staff truly takes them home”.

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