Optimal service delivery: ROLAC unveils Anti-corruption strategy in Adamawa

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Optimal service delivery: ROLAC unveils Anti-corruption strategy in Adamawa

In order to enhance good governance, optimal service delivery and reduce the incidences of corrupt practices in Adamawa State, the European Union Rule of Law and Anti curroption (RoLAC) has unveiled Adamawa State Anti curroption Strategy (ADSACS) secretariat.

The unveiling of the ADSACS secretariat was sequel to a four day round table and strategy meetings with key stakeholders including the head of service, permanent secretaries and service providers in all the state Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

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Shedding light on the four day activities vis a vis the successes recorded, Dr. Emmanuel Uche, the anti corruption manager for the European Rule of Law and Anti curroption project noted that Adamawa people should expect better service delivery in the next couple of months to come.

He noted that the key takeaways from the four day activity which kick started from Monday and ended on Thursday include, “the implementation of the Adamawa State Anti curroption Strategy (ADSACS), the sensitization of all the stakeholders involved in the service delivery value chain from the head of service to permanent secretaries and staff of MDAs.”

Other critical successes according to Dr. Uche include bringing together all implementing units of MDAs on board and most importantly, the assurances and cooperation they got from the head of service and ADSACS secretariat to the effect that they will productively drive the initiative.

“We just rose up from a meeting with permanent secretaries to also bring them on board on their roles and expectations on this initiative. We also brought together the ADSACS implementing units in all the MDAs and brought them on board on the initiative. We got the full commitment of the head of service and ADSACS secretariat to drive the initiative. That is a basket of achievements within four days,” he said.

He noted that in few months to come, Adamawa people should expect changes and reforms in the way and manner government businesses are conducted

“In the next couple of months Adamawa people will see drastic changes in the ways government business are done. With the ADSACS, in place critical initiatives and mechanism that will improve service delivery for the people of Adamawa State will be emplaced,” he said.

He added, “we’re in Adamawa State to kickstart properly the implementation of the Adamawa State Anti curroption strategy which we facilitated its development under the last program.

“The state now has an anti corruption strategy. It also has set up strategy management secretariat and also set up anti corruption strategy implementing units in all its ministries, departments and agencies. What we are here to do is to activate them towards improved service delivery in the state implementing the strategy that has been agreed for improving transparency and accountability in Adamawa State.

“What can the people of Adamawa expect? They can expect that over the next couple of months systems will be put in place that will increase monitoring and oversight for key public services like education, health, transportation etc and you will agree with me that when monitoring and oversight is improved, and people are more transparent and more committed in the delivery of their services, the people of the state will enjoy improved public services,” he added.

He noted that the setting up of ADSACS marks an important epoch in the history of governance in the state adding that the development will have an interminable effect on generations to come.

“This is a program that should last a lifetime. It is not an activity that will come and go. It is a program that changes the way government business is done that is what we are instituting. It’s not an activity to go. We are here to start a process of empowering everybody in government to deliver public service to improve the standard of service they deliver to the Adamawa people.

“We are here to help people who are working in government to understand what proper service delivery entails and how to do it on a going basis. So it is not a one off thing. The workshop we conducted this time was for four days today is the last day but the initiative starts now and we are hopeful it will outlive each and everyone of us and make the state a first choice destination for investment, for tourism and for good service delivery,” he said.

He noted that the head of service, will drive the project in the state because all public servants whose primary duty is to serve the people and ensure they are enjoying good services that flows from government, are under the authority of the head of service.

Uche noted that apart from the ADSACS, new units in all the ministries and departments that will oversee the implementation of that initiative have been established by the head of service in all the departments and ministries in the state, adding that those units in the MDAs will be reporting periodically to the head of service so that he could be abreast with the progress of the strategy.

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