Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday said any government will fail without adopting proper strategic planning.
Ambode, who spoke at a two-day training for top civil servants, held at the NECA House, in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, said strategic planning was needed by any government to achieve success in governance and boost productivity.
The Governor said strategic planning allowed organisations to be proactive rather than reactive, saying that a strategic plan allowed organisations to foresee their future and to prepare accordingly.
“Through strategic planning, organisations can anticipate certain unfavourable scenarios before they happen and take necessary precautions to avoid them. With a strong strategic plan, organizations can be proactive rather than merely reacting to situations as they arise. Being proactive allows organizations to keep up with the ever-changing trends in the society and always stay one step ahead of the competition.
“Strategic planning sets up a sense of direction. A strategic plan helps to define the direction in which an organisation must travel, and aids in establishing realistic objectives and goals that are in line with the vision and mission charted out for it. A strategic plan offers a much-needed foundation from which an organisation can grow, evaluate its success, compensate its employees and establish boundaries for efficient decision-making,’’ he said.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Benson Oke added that strategic planning increased operational efficiency, stressing that a strategic plan provided management the roadmap to align the organisation’s functional activities to achieve set goals, as well as guides management discussions and decision making in determining resource and budget requirements to accomplish set objectives, thus increasing operational efficiency.
According to Ambode, “strategic planning helps to obtain valuable insights from the organisation’s stakeholders. Through a dedicated strategic plan, organisations can get valuable insights on stakeholders’ views as well as feedback on the organisation’s service offerings which may affect the organisation’s perception by the stakeholders.
“Strategic planning can make an organisation more adaptive to changing times. Organisations are like living organisms. There are good times and there are bad times. Furthermore, there are constantly changing trends, public demands, stakeholders’ expectations, and service offerings. With a sound strategic plan in place, organisations are better suited to adapt to these changing trends, demands, expectations, and service offerings,” he said.