In a bid to foster stronger collaboration among principal officers and stakeholders in local government administration, the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission recently organized a one-day retreat. Held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ikeja, the event aimed to facilitate discussions on factors hindering effective governance at the grassroots level.
Chairing the opening ceremony, Hon. Kamal Bayewu, the Chairman of the Commission and former local government Chairman of Ajeromi Ifelodun, highlighted the critical role of public servants in upholding ethical governance principles. The retreat’s theme, “Organisational Behaviour in the Public Sector: Ethical Governance and Brand Carriage in Administration,” underscored the Commission’s commitment to fostering a culture of ethical governance.
Emphasizing the importance of integrity, transparency, and accountability, Hon. Bayewu asserted that adherence to ethical standards by local government officials would build public trust and contribute to Lagos State’s overall development.
Addressing participants, Mrs. Abosede George, the Permanent Secretary of the Local Government Service Commission, urged them to align their efforts with the THEMES PLUS agenda of the administration led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. She stressed the administration’s commitment to capacity development for state employees, including those at the local government level.
Hon. Kolade Alabi, Chairman of Conference 57 and Bariga LCDA, commended the initiative of bringing decision-makers together, calling it ingenious and indicative of the Commission’s commitment to inclusiveness. He proposed making the retreat an annual event to address bottlenecks in local government administration and reduce conflicts arising from insufficient knowledge.
The retreat drew the participation of top government officials, including Commissioners representing IBILE zones, Permanent Secretaries, Council Managers, Treasurers, Human Resource Administrators, and officials of the Local Government Service Commission, showcasing a united front for collaborative governance.