A two-day workshop for directors of four different departments and internal auditors across the 33 local government of Oyo State has been conducted by the Oyo State Local Government Service Commission.
The training which was themed “Leadership Ethics and Code of Conduct in Public Offices for Local Government Career Officers in Oyo State” was packaged and organized by Value Plus Consults. It was centered around public service ethics and accountability, with resource persons from the Code of Conduct Bureau and PAL Consulting.
The workshop took place at the Ibadan Business School, Bodija, Ibadan, and had in attendance heads of departments of Works, Finance, Environmental/Health Services, Education and Social Services and the internal auditors.
The two-day workshop serves to enlighten senior government officials on the norms and standards of government institutions to enhance a more ethical and accountable performance while in active service for a better soft landing after retirement.
“In a government workplace, we do not only work individually but also as a group, to attain certain objectives, we must see ourselves as the gatekeepers and ensure we do not deviate from the standards that have kept the organization going.” stated Mr. Prince Joseph Adewale, the director of PAL Consulting, who was one of the resource persons.
He also hinted that it’s mandatory as civil/public servants to at all times report or decline suspicious illegal dealings within the workforce to the appropriate quarters before any infraction occurs that might implicate or affect a long-time career.
Another resource person, Mr. Amoo Bolaji, representing the state director of the Code of Conduct Bureau, carefully defined the meaning of bureaucracy and how to develop a sense of patriotism, national pride, integrity, accountability, self-reflection, and ethical values.
Activities related to the code of conduct were discussed, including roles to play in avoiding criminal offences and absolute will as civil/public servants to declare assets as and when due for process flow and financial transparency.
The event concluded with an open forum where attendees had the opportunity to seek clarification on certain issues affecting their performance in service, a practical demonstration of how to correctly fill the code of conduct asset declaration form, and also the presentation of certificates to participants.
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