In a compelling address to the leaders of parastatals and government-owned companies, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu called for innovation and collaboration to drive growth and investment in Africa's most populous city. The event took place at the Lagos State Civil Service Commission Summit on February 13, 2024.
Governor Sanwo-Olu urged the heads of parastatals and agencies to embrace cutting-edge solutions and technologies to optimize financial capabilities, ensuring adequate funds for implementing critical projects that directly benefit the people of Lagos. In his words, "We must explore new avenues and harness the power of innovation to create an enabling environment that fosters growth and investment in our state."
Accountability and transparency were also key themes in the Governor's address. He emphasized the importance of these values in ensuring sustainable development and maintaining public trust. Sanwo-Olu encouraged parastatals to cooperate with oversight mechanisms to promote good governance and high standards.
Artificial Intelligence: A Catalyst for Change in Service Delivery
During the summit, various topics related to enhancing service delivery and embracing innovation were discussed. One notable focus was the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in operations to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Governor Sanwo-Olu highlighted the potential of AI in transforming public services and urged parastatals to consider its implementation.
"Artificial Intelligence is not just a buzzword; it's a transformative technology that can revolutionize the way we deliver services to our citizens," Sanwo-Olu said. "By embracing AI and other cutting-edge solutions, we can build a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous Lagos for all its inhabitants."
The Role of Public Service in Realizing the THEMESPlus Agenda
Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasized the importance of a strong public service in achieving the THEMESPlus Agenda of his administration. He commended the leadership of the commissions and Boards for their role in realizing the vision for a greater Lagos and urged them to maintain excellence in standards and procedures.
"Our public servants are the backbone of our government, and their dedication and commitment to service are essential to our progress," Sanwo-Olu said. "We must continue to invest in our public service and empower our civil servants to deliver the highest quality services to our citizens."
As the Governor's address came to a close, it was evident that his call to action had resonated with the audience. The heads of parastatals and government-owned companies left the summit with renewed determination to collaborate, innovate, and uphold the values of accountability and transparency in their pursuit of a better Lagos.