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SGF calls for “more visible” stakeholders’ role at elections

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, says there is the need to play a more visible role in ensuring effective coordination and harmonious working relationship between all stakeholders before, during and after elections.

He urged Secretaries of State Governments to entrench performance contract among bureaucrats and political seats office holders and ensure smooth transition process, even if a governing party loses election.

He was speaking on Thursday, at Government House, Little Rayfield Jos, the Plateau State capital, during the opening of the 3rd Quarter Meeting of the Forum of the Secretaries to State Governments.

He said, the 2nd quarter of the meeting, with the theme, ‘Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development and in Nigeria: Opportunities in key sectors of Economy,’ reaffirmed the need to address the question on how to effectively deliver well-articulated policies, programmes and projects.

According to him, it also emphasized on the importance of collaboration beyond National borders, if it is beneficial, while some presentations were also made by five Federal Agencies enumerating available opportunities for collaboration between the Federal and States.

Boss Mustapha explained that, the Federal Government, in its bid to strengthen Performance Management Culture, enacted the Executive Order 012, in order to institutionalize the Central Delivery Coordination Unit.

The SGF noted that, the unit has recorded significant mileage at the federal level in the area of tracking, reviewing, and analyzing projects and other activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

He noted that, “Other notable efforts and initiatives made by the Federal Government towards building institutions and entrenching efficient and effective Public Service delivery includes, Public Service Reforms being spearheaded by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) and Federal Civil Service Strategic and Implementation Plan (FCSSIPP) 2021-2025.

He stressed that, “The Forum of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation with the Secretaries to the State Governments (SSGs) provides a platform for effective interaction, between the Federal and States, on issues of mutual benefits.

“It is also pertinent to note that an avenue for peer review and adaptation of best practices has been created in the areas of policies, programmes and agenda articulation and implementation for effective governance and improved service delivery,” he stated.

The SGF reiterated that, “The Forum has continued to search for innovative ways through which the delivery of government services would be more efficient,” adding that, “the 3rd quarter meeting will also be another opportunity to congregate and further rob minds in different areas of mutual interest.”

He noted that, “The interaction has contributed immediately towards the sustenance of the strategic understanding between the National and Sub-national Governments in Nigeria, especially amongst their bureaucracies.”

Speaking also, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, said, “If we are to make progress in Nigeria and ensure that the meager resources we have are used effectively for the good of the people, we must strengthen our system and allow them to work.

“Failure to do so will only make us go round in circles – where we make laws that are not enforced or create institutions that nobody adheres to. Nigeria and, in particular, the State and Local Governments, urgently need this system reawakening to stop us from further decline in all sectors,” he said.

The governor also stated that, the State Government has created mechanisms that help them manage the people’s resources prudently and responsibly, saying, “In addition to the SFTAS, we have established the Efficacy Unit, which scrutinizes all financial requests to help us cut down costs and avoid wastage.”

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