Outgoing HOS Laments Increasing Mental Health Challenges Among Public Servant
On Thursday Folasade Adesoye, the outgoing Lagos State Head of Service, called attention to what she described as increasing incidence of mental health challenges in the public service.
According to her, the situation needs to be addressed urgently, particularly in view of the ongoing reforms in public service.
Adesoye spoke at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, during a valedictory service organised to mark her retirement after 35 years in public service, the last 14 months of which she was the HOS.
“I wish to encourage a health sector stakeholders’ forum to facilitate a holistic discussion of issues affecting workers in general, with a view to developing a new road map.
“It is also important that the momentum of ongoing reforms of public service processes and procedures be sustained and aggressively cascaded to the Unified Local Government Service in order to maximize its benefits,” she said.
Adesoye urged civil servants to brace for the challenges of the future public service, which, she said, would be innovative and technology-driven.
“It would be one in which skills, knowledge, creativity, talent, competence and performance would be the primary determinant of relevance, promotion and advancement.
“Seek knowledge relentlessly, pursue education at all costs and be resilient in spirit, be optimistic about the future and invest completely and absolute trust in God,” she said.
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, commended the retiring HOS for rendering qualitative service to the state.