19th September, 2011
The Special Adviser to the President on New Partnership for Africaâ€™s Development (NEPAD), Ambassador Tunji Olagunju, has called for effective co-ordination, collaboration and partnership in the Federal System.
He asserted that to deepen and broaden participation of citizens in the nationâ€™s development planning process, there must be a synergy between ownership and service delivery.
This, he affirmed, can only improve if the government plans with, and not for the citizens, just as he observed that participatory democracy is sacrosant with good governance.
â€˜Bisi Agbonhin, Deputy Director (Media) NEPAD Nigeria, said in a statement that the Presidential Adviser stated this at the 11th Annual Conference of Directors of Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS) in the Public Service which held recently in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Amb. Olagunju said the transformation agenda of President Jonathan must be owned by the people for it to be realisable and that its content must involve due emphasis on good governance practices.
He challenged the participants to aspire, develop, domesticate and transmit universal values of good governance in addition to creating the necessary information and management capabilities that could endear transparency, accountability and outcome-based service delivery.
The Special Adviser maintained that it is their duty as engine room in the implementation of government policies and programmes to put in place appropriate template that could produce timely and regular collection of data for periodic reporting of progress in plan and project implementation.
He stated that NEPAD Nigeria had established an effective liaison with both the National Planning Commission and the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, adding that there is already collaboration with the Governorâ€™s Forum on State Peer Review.
That exercise has worked out steps which are aimed at adopting international best practices and fostering good governance at the second-tier of government. Olagunju also emphasized that most of the reforms which are being undertaken at the national level must cascade to the state and local governments if the nation is to derive maximum output and outcomes from them.