OBIANO CALLS FOR SYNERGY AMONG STATES, FG MINISTRIES
By Chisom Okpala :
Agulu (Anaocha LGA), July 12, 2019 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has called for synergy between state ministries and their federal counterparts so as to promote improved performance across board.
Gov. Obiano noted that some states have tried to align their ministries with their federal Government counterparts as means of tapping into resources available for development in individual states.
The Governor made the call at the opening ceremony of Regional Meeting of Secretaries to the State Governments of the South East states held at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu.
He stressed the importance of the meeting, noting that it would help to promote service delivery through sharing of ideas and information, as well as attracting development partners to the region.
``It is an innovative idea for all states to be meeting regularly, to discuss progress, challenges and also proffer solutions.
``Office of Secretary to the State Government is very crucial in any government setting, it is the engine room that drives all government activities,’’ Obiano added.
The Governor congratulated Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF) on his reappointment as well as other Secretaries to State Governments on their appointments.
He assured them of maximum security and hospitality during their stay in the Anambra.
The Governor was represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke.
The meeting was attended by all Heads and Permanent Secretaries of Cabinet Affairs Offices in the South-East Geo-Political Zone.
Earlier, Mr Babatunde Lawal, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs, Office of Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), noted that the South-East meeting was follow up on the maiden meeting held in May 2019 at Abuja.
``The meeting will be replicated in other geopolitical zones of the federation, as it is aimed at improving service delivery.
``It will be at federal and state levels aimed at promoting community of practice among the Cabinet Affairs Offices.
``We expect SSGs, Heads and Permanent Secretaries of Cabinet Affairs Offices to share experiences on how they are striving to reposition their individual offices for effective and efficient services,’’ he added.
Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, SSG, Anambra State, said that the maiden meeting held at Abuja opened and deepened collaboration among various states and the office of the SGF, especially in areas of policy making and tracking.
``In Anambra, Cabinet Affairs Office provides administrative and technical assistance to all meetings of State Executive Council, Security Council as well as Adhoc Committees of the state.
``It is their role in processing various council memorandum and notes for considerations, in addition to other matters as approved by the Governor,’’ Prof. Chukwulobelu noted.
The SSG commended Gov. Obiano for supporting the state’s Cabinet Affairs Office with the needed political will and funding.
He requested the office of SGF to extend training opportunities to staff of Cabinet Affairs Office in the state.
Chukwulobelu also urged developing partners to extend partnership opportunities to the state, as that would help in repositioning the Cabinet Affairs Office in Anambra for effective delivery of mandate.
Director-General, South-East Governors Forum, Prof. Uchenna Atuanya said the resolution from the meeting would ensure proficiency and stability in governance.
This, he noted, would also promote hard work on the part of those entrusted with the responsibility of piloting affairs of states.
Atuanya added that such resolution would assist the South-East Governors Forum, which according to him, is a regional platform for economic development in the South-East to achieve its mandate.
The SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha was represented at the meeting by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women Affairs, Mrs Ifeoma Anigbogu. The
Present at the meeting are, SSG to the Imo State Government, Mr Uche Onyeagocha, while SSGs to Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi were represented by their Perm Secs.
The Anambra Head of
Service, Barr Harry Uduh and Anambra Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget
and Development Partners, Mr Mark Okoye also attended. (MOI)