104 LG staff struggle to break career stagnation

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Kazeem Ugbodaga

No fewer than 104 Local Government staff in Lagos State are jostling to break the long period of stagnation in their career progression and promotion.

The officers who have been on grade level 07 for years have remained in the same bar as they lacked the necessary academic qualification to enable them progress in their career.

The officers are currently undergoing a nine-month intensive training programme that will qualify them to obtain a certificate in Local Government Administration in order to break the jinx of not progressing above grade level 07, at the Public Service Staff Development Centre, PSSDC, Magodo area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Certificate Course in Local Government Administration on Wednesday, the Director General, PSSDC, Mrs. Olubunmi Fabamwo said the Local Government as the tier closest to the people requires effective service delivery by the staff as that is the yardstick for measuring the performance of government.

“As such, Local Government staff must possess the right knowledge, skills and attitude to enable the delivery of essential social services to the people. It is for this reason that successive state governments had continuously been developing local government staff to fulfill this mandate.

“The nine months programme is a specially designed in-service capacity development programme to assist the movement of qualified local government staff on the clerical cadre into the executive cadre. It is an appropriate foundation for participants who possess the required capacity but who may be hindered by the qualifications they joined the service with to build on their educational qualifications and advance their careers.

“It is therefore a stagnation-breaking and career-enhancing programme. It may interest you to know that the possession of a certificate at the end of this course is one of the requirements for promotion of officers on the clerical cadre by …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper