Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle has disclosed that the Lagos State Public Service is ready to produce the first forensic dentist in the whole of West Africa.
The commissioner made it known during the Year 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing organised as part of activities to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the JJT Park, Alausa, on Wednesday.
She said the state government decided to foot the bill of sponsoring one of its staff from the Ministry of Health to study a Masters in Legal Medicine and Forensic Dentistry outside the country in order to bridge an identified gap in the State Public Service.
According to her, “Once the staff completes his course of study, he will be the first forensic dentist (new skill and area of specialization) in West Africa and this points to the massive investment in human capital development that the present administration is embarking on”.
Ponnle stated that the Lagos state government is committed to building a 21st century workforce that will deliver the dividends of democracy to Lagosians across every area of human needs by directing its training and capacity development programmes to both generic and technical areas of competency.
She said that one of the notable achievements and innovations to training programmes under the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the introduction of on-line learning programmes starting with Webinar series which had ensured that the capacity of the entire workforce were developed even during the period of state-wide lockdown order.
The Commissioner disclosed that within the past few months the Webinar initiative started, eleven different series has been held, 10 Generic and 1 job specific for teachers. There was also a Virtual Launch of the pilot of the Lagos State Learning Management System (LMS) with over 10,000 members of staff uploaded, giving access to over 500 training courses.