The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday urged workers in the state to embrace the culture of strategic planning and management in order to scale up productivity. He said the importance of strategic planning and management in the public service had been proved over the years, but lamented that organisations were reluctant to embrace them. Represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr Benson Oke, Ambode spoke at a two-day training session for workers in Ikeja. He said, “This training is yet another effort aimed at ensuring that the Lagos State Public Service is not one of those organisations that, having realised the importance of the strategic planning and management, still refuses or fails to embrace them. “In order to make sound day-to-day decisions, all members of the organisation must be able to begin with the end in mind.” The governor stated that strategic management would help civil servants to anticipate future problems and opportunities and provide workers with clear objectives and directions. “It will increase officers’ satisfaction and motivation; result in faster and better decision-making and lead to cost savings,” he added.