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LASG-SPARC organizes a one-day sensitization/induction session for Body of Permanent Secretaries

 

On 13th August 2015, the Office of Head of Service (OHoS) with support from State Partnership for Accountabillity, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) programme conducted a one-day sensitization and induction for the Body of Permanent Secretaries. The session enlightened the newly appointed 19 Permanent Secretaries in the State on  their roles as Accounting Officers as well as sensitize them on governance reform in Lagos State journey to date, to enable them take the reform initiatives forward leading to improved processes and proceedures of services in Lagos.

 

Cross section of Permanent Secretaries at the session 

At the session, the SPARC Lagos Programme Manager delivered a presentation on "Reforming Lagos State Government for Greater Efficiency", series of presentations were also delivered by the Lagos State Head of Service and selected officials on ongoing reform areas in Lagos State which includes; implementing the LSDP: through Medium Term Sector Strategies; Annual Budget Planning and Preparation, Performance Management Reviews, improving predictability of Expenditure through Cash Planning and Management, Budget Classification and Chart of Accounts, Procurement Planning and use of Standard Bidding Documents, functionality of Integrated Information Management System (IFMIS)/ORACLE and Information Technology to enhance service delivery, summary of Public Service Rules, External Audit Procedures and expectations from Accounting Officers, Transition from Finance & Admin to Admin and Human Resources; and service charters.

 

LASG Head of Service (left) and SPARC Lagos State Programme Manager addressing Permanent Secretaries at the session 


DFID paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode.

 

On the 18th of August 2015, the Department for International Development (DFID) Country representative, DFID Regional Coordinator Lagos, Private Sector Adviser and State Programme Managers of DFID State Level Programmes (SLPs) paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode. Speaking on behalf of DFID and the Lagos SLPs, the DFID country representative, Ben Mellor commended the Governor on the initial bold steps in strengthening structure and systems of Government to improve governance, these includes; alignment of ministerial mandates, merging, closing down and creating of new agencies for a smarter government, approval to transit from Finance & Administration to a more proactive, strategic Administration & Human Resources and adoption of Treasury Single Account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DFID Country Representative Ben Melllor (left) with the Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode (right)

The Governor in his remarks expressed his commitment to sustaining the partnership with DFID which he described as a special one that has impacted personally on him in his previous assignment as the former Accountant General and the State Government in General. He went further to commend the effort of DFID in partnering with Lagos State Government on governance reforms. He emphasised the commitment of his Government to run an open, accountable, inclusive and participatory Government. He looked forward to working together with DFID to discuss next steps in improving governance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group picture of the DFID, State Level Programmes representatives and the Lagos State Head of Service with the Governor of Lagos State 

The DFID Country Representative presented the Executive Desk Reference to the Governor. The Executive Desk Reference provides State Executives with useful information to support them throughout their term in office. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFID Country Representative Ben Mellor (left) presenting the Executive Desk Reference to Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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