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FG blames lack of coordination among ministries for governance failure

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The federal government has blamed lack of coordination among ministries for the governance failure witnessed in the present administration.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, stated this on Tuesday at the session of the First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat for Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Top Government Functionaries, at the State House Conference Centre.

Mr. Mustapha noted that various ministries, departments and agencies failed to collaborate effectively thereby acting as a clog in the wheels of service delivery.

The SGF, who spoke of his reflections on ministerial performances, also noted that ministers had reported that most of government’s plans had been negatively impacted by the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic as the execution of many projects had either slowed down or stalled all together.

Mustapha said: “These challenges, some of which we have identified; such as the need to collaborate at the priority area level and avoiding the debilitating effects of working in silos.

“This challenge has hampered speed, efficiency, effective delivery, and in several instances has added to, and increased the cost of running the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

“We will have to support government to work in a more joined up manner and ensure that inter-agency collaboration becomes the norm, rather than the exception.

“It is our collective task to maximize the opportunities, mitigate and minimize the challenges in order that we can make rapid progress going forward.

“The report also identified the challenge occasioned by the primary and secondary impacts of COVID-19 which had an adverse effect on Nations across the globe and Nigeria is no exception.

“Several projects have either slowed down, and in some cases, have stalled altogether as a result of this pandemic.

“We shall weather this storm and indeed actively seek and exploit the opportunities that it presents.

“The Economic Sustainability Plan which was presented by Mr. Vice President is one of the ways the government has responded towards cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Low revenues which have affected the timely release of funds, especially for the implementation of capital projects have been repeatedly mentioned as one of the major constraints to the implementation of MDA’s programmes and projects.

“We will not rest on our oars in seeking other alternative sources to raise funds for projects beyond revenue from government.

“The issue of inadequate capacity in the Public Service is a critical challenge that must be addressed. It is gratifying to note that the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is currently working in this regard.

“We will also collectively explore how to address other related constraints, through interagency collaboration and partnerships in government, as well as explore private sector resourcing in key MDAs where subject matter experts equipped with strategic skillsets to facilitate project delivery are required.

“Our commitment going forward is to build on the progress we have made in the past year, reflect on the lessons learned, fix those issues that have proved to be impediments, double our efforts and ensure that this time next year when we gather again to review progress, we will be reporting more tremendous gains and achievements.

“To achieve this objective, it is planned that the Delivery Unit at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) will support the Ministers and the respective MDAs towards the actualization of this objective.

“Going forward, we need to formulate more home grown solutions, which I believe you have actually deliberated upon during the Breakout Sessions yesterday, to see what and how people in other climes are faring and where it suits, adopt and adapt what has worked as the World Bank Chief Economist suggested yesterday,” said the SGF.

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