FG CHARGES PERMANENT SECRETARIES ON IMPLEMENTATION OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN (ERGP)
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Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives Officers of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, have been charged to ensure effective implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government.
Budget and National Planning Minister, Udoma Udo Udoma gave this charge during a dialogue session organised by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning with Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers of Government Agencies on deepening the Implementation road map of the ERGP
Udoma stated that, the civil service is key in the process of realising the goals of the plan, pointing out that, with active commitment of the civil service, government will achieve the ultimate objective of the plan
He explained that, the dialogue session was organized with the key actors to harvest inputs, design strategies and overcome implementation challenges in order for the implementing agencies to be effective in the implementation
Udoma described the dialogue session as a gathering of talents and a platform which the government intend to utilize to ensure achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of policies and programmes in the plan.
While emphasizing on the conscious implementation of the plan by the governor, the Minister stated that clear strategies and targets must be established in order to achieve the fundamental change, pointing out that, ERGP must be effectively and faithfully implemented
The Minister further explained that, "Government was conscious of implementation failures of past plans, hence the ERGP devoted a whole section to implementation and provided establishment of delivery unit to monitor and track progress"
In her remarks, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita explained that Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government Agencies have a big role to play in the implementation of ERGP
She said the problem of implementation has always been a challenge in Nigeria, pointing out that the implementation of ERGP rest on the shoulders of the public service that actually does the day to day work activities of the government.
The Head of Service also explained that, public service play a very vital role in realising the objective of the ERGP, and therefore, must work effectively to get the private sector and the economy to work well for the plan to succeed
Mrs Oyo-Ita then appealed to the permanent secretaries and CEOs to demonstrate their commitment to the plan and take the bull by the horn and stop looking for excuses.
Salisu B. Haiba
Assistant Director (Information)