By Favour Nnabugwu
Abuja—The Federal Government has charged permanent secretaries, as well as heads of departments and agencies to ensure successful implementation of the Economic Recovery Growth Plan, ERGP.
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, who made the call at a dialogue session with permanent secretaries and heads of government establishments in Abuja yesterday, said the ERGP would not succeed without the commitment of the civil servants.
She said Nigerians are always known for intelligent and wonderful programmes, but what seems to be lacking is effective implementation which rest on the shoulders of civil servants.
“The implementations rest on the shoulders of the public service because it is the public service that actually does the day to day work activities of the government.
‘’Whatever the public service is doing, if it is not done effectively and efficiently it cannot move the private sector and cannot move the economy anywhere, so we play a very vital role in the success of the ERGP,” she said.
Also speaking, Minister of Budget and National Planning Mr. Udo Udoma, said the ERGP was government’s strategy to change the country from a nation of consumers that depended on imports for survival to a self-reliant country of producers.
Udoma said the first implementation strategy for ERGP was for the government to focus on its priorities and the establishment of clear accountability and development of detailed action plans.
He said other implementation strategies involved mobilisation and allocation of resources to priority areas, creation of an enabling policy and regulatory environment, and setting up of delivery units to monitor and drive progress.
“We are developing a road map for a step-by-step delivery of each of the strategies. Each strategy will be further broken down into component activities, sub-activities and actions,” he said.
‘’Each action will then be supported by clearly assigned responsibilities, which will be sequenced against clear milestones and timelines for ease of monitoring. Accountability for the delivery of the ERGP lies with the lead MDAs for each strategy,” he said.