Ondo Transition Strategy Committee Meets Gov. Akeredolu, Harps On Performance, Service Improvement

The Transition Strategy Committee constituted by the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has assured that it will provide a comprehensive report that will enhance service delivery and performance improvement at the end of its assignment.

Governor Akeredolu had on January 15, announced the constitution of a six-member Transition Strategy Committee headed by the Head of Service, Mr. Dare Aragbaiye to, amongst others, help coordinate the hand over process and ensure the administration’s records are appropriately archived.

The committee is also saddled with the responsibility to facilitate the off-boarding of out-going administration personnel as well as ease the on-boarding process of incoming personnel.

Speaking after a closed door meeting with the Governor in his office, the Technical Coordinator of the Committee, Dr. Patrick Tolani said the committee has briefed the Governor on its activities so far.

Dr. Tolani disclosed that the committee has interacted with eleven strategic MDAs in order to gain better insight into the handover checklist submitted by the political heads incharge.

He explained that the committee’s work will help identify gaps in organisational performance and plug the gaps in order to position the new administration for improvement in service delivery to the people of the state.

According to Dr. Tolani, the work of the committee will help on performance improvement, adding that the team has come with a value proposition to improve service delivery which will lead to improved revenue generation in the state.

He further disclosed that the committee has committed to ensure that the state is better in terms of project implementation. According to him, most governments in the developing countries are not lacking in policies and programme; but it is at the point of implementation that the failings start to manifest and we are poised to see that proper implementation processes are entrenched in Ondo State.

Dr Tolani further hinted that: ”We proposed to Mr. Governor, a “One Administration Orientation” for the service. Namely that we are in this together and success of one is success of all. There must be synergy among the MDAs in order to be more effective and efficient which is actually the goal of any public administration.”

“We also spoke about the need to enlarge the scope of working strategy of the administration which is JMPPR. We noticed that key areas were not mainstreamed, for example, Security and Energy.”

“We are also proposing a better strengthened project monitoring, evaluation and report unit to help government track performance at the point of implementation programs and projects.”

“What we are doing is Performance appraisal. Quite unlike the past where there they didn’t develop individual performance objective and the organization performance objective and there was no Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) document, we will ensure that the new appointees and their MDAs have proper deliverables for better performance management in the future. Without such pre-determined deliverables, it will be very difficult to manage performance across board.”

“What we proposed and Mr. Governor has gracefully accepted, is that the organization performance objective will be tied to the SGDs goals. It is important so that when we reach out to development partners they can see us in global terms”

He said the committee will help to refocus some of the strategic MDAs and reorientate them to function as service delivery MDAs by creating departments that will provide advisory and support services to service users and members of the public.

While hinting that the committee’s report will be submitted before the end of April 2021, Dr. Tolani said the assignment of the committee will enhance a better focused administration hinged on service delivery and, in turn, definitely impact on the people’s live positively, saying it was evident the Governor is passionate about the people of the state.

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