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The Lagos State Government has concluded arrangements to sponsor members of the state union on capacity development building workshop in South Africa.

The state Commissioner for Establishments Training and Pensions, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu, made this disclosure at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Lagos State Public Service Joint Negotiating, held in Lagos.

The Commissioner stated there was the need to be conversant with global trends and international cutting-edge standards, adding that the workshop will expose the trade union members to world-class negotiating skills.

Sanwo-Olu said, 'The Joint Negotiating Council meeting is vital, important and strategic as we ensure to keep improving what we do and it has always been an atmosphere of comradeship, peace and dialogue and we will continue to cement this relationship between government and the union.'

He expressed delight that this year's meeting was starting on a happy note, adding 'promises made last year were met, we have seen advancement, progression and that governance and government is a collaborative effort and nothing surpass dialogue.'

Sanwo-Olu also assured the union members that their request for utility vehicles has been approved by Governor Babatunde Fashola.

He said the vehicle would be procured and handed over to the union executives in a short while.

The state Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe, who was the former chairman of the council, acknowledged with gratitude the support and cooperation of members of the council when he was the chairman.

He remarked that most of the achievement and success recorded could not have been possible without the cooperation of the members.

Ogunlewe however called on the entire public servants in the state for continued co-operation and support in moving the service and state to enviable heights.

Earlier in his address, vice chairman of the council, Mr. Henry Akinwunmiju, expressed appreciation for the efforts and contribution of the commissioner towards the payment of furniture and teachers' 27.5 per cent salary increase.