By Kemi Olatunde
‘Change Ambassadors must continually strive to do things better and ensure a well functioning bureaucracy on all sectors and at all levels.
This was the charge given by the State Head of Service (HoS), Pastor Kayode Ogundele to Change Ambassadors in the state at the 13th quarterly interactive session with the Ondo Service Improvement (ODSIP) Change Ambassadors in Akure on Thursday.
Describing the improvement of service as a continuous process, he explained that it is important that the culture of ODSIP is improved upon alongside the minds of other public servants.
While noting that the forum presents participants the avenue to interact and proffer solution to some Ambassadors’ challenges in MDAs among other objectives, he reiterated governments commitment to the propagation of ODSIP’S tenets adding that the Reform Office will not relent in exposing ambassadors to reform initiatives aimed at improving and increasing their capacity and also the public service.
He berated the lackadaisical attitude of some change ambassadors towards the last edition of ODSIP Newsletter for their MDAs from the Reform Office, calling on them to do the needful.
He charged them to be attentive to lectures from resource persons, adding that they should not only put to use the gained knowledge but also cascade it in their various MDAs.
Administrative Secretary, Department of Public Service Reform and Development, Mr. Adewale Omomowo while delivering his welcome address, reminded change ambassadors to intensify efforts in educating, enlightening and sensitising public servants of ODSIP’s tenets adding that they are expected to be the pivot of reform activities and initiatives in order to make the public service stand out in Nigeria.
In a lecture; “The impact of planning and control on effective service delivery in the public service,” a retired Permanent Secretary in the State, Mr Chris Kolawole spoke extensively on coordination gaps in MDAs through the understanding of the necessity for planning and control in effective service delivery.
Participants were also lectured on “management of waste, access to quality environmental health and the State Environmental related laws” by the General Manager, Ondo State Waste Management Authority, Mr. Fola Omowole.