The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, have advised civil servants to embrace a positive mindset for optimum performance in service.

The duo spoke on Thursday at the opening ceremony of a two-day training programme in Ikeja.

Speaking at the event, Ambode noted that workers with the right mindsets would produce positive results, urged the state workers to first have a strategic plan and then implement.

“Like any major project, it is essential to have objectives, a timeline, a budget and the right leader(s) and team to develop the strategic plan. Many plans have been derailed or delayed due to the lack of planning,” he said.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr Benson Oke, also stressed the importance of making the planning process enjoyable.

“Try to avoid all-day planning sessions because people lose interest and effectiveness after a half-day.

“However, it is important to have a clear deadline, as well as the necessary leadership to ensure that the timeline is met,” he added.

Ogundipe also urged civil servants to strive for the best and embrace a proper and effective communication strategy that would allow feedback.

He also commended Ambode for the infrastructure renewal ongoing in different parts of the state.

He said there is however the need for civil servants to be able to communicate effectively to project government’s image to the outside world.

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