Accountability: FG To Strengthen Monitoring And Evaluation Of Capital Projects
The Federal Government has expressed readiness to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems in the execution of projects and programmes funded from the annual budgets in order to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.
Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, disclosed this in Kaduna while declaring open a 4-day Capacity Building workshop for Departments of Planning Research and Statistics (DPRS) and Monitoring and Evaluation officials of MDAs.
The Workshop was organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Prince Agba represented by the Director, International Cooperation in the Ministry, Mrs Elizabeth Egharevba, said that the days of putting money into projects without monitoring and evaluation systems to assess the input(s), output(s),outcomes and impacts, were over.
The Minister also said that strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems was key to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as it would help the government to know “what works and doesn’t in policy design and implementation.”
He maintained that building capacity for monitoring and evaluation systems at all levels of government would improve government’s overall performance and accountability to the citizens.
In his opening remarks, the Director, National Monitoring and Evaluation in the Ministry, Dr. Zakari Lawal, said the workshop was apt and timely given the ongoing protest by the ‘EndSARS’ protesters “demanding accountability, transparency and the rule of law, which forms the significance of monitoring and evaluation systems.”
Dr. Lawal harped on the importance of effective communication in any organization, noting that most of the agitations of the citizens would have been addressed if the government was effectively communicating the processes, implementation and state of the country’s economy to the masses.
He advised low and middle-class civil servants to embrace capacity building to positively affect the civil service system, while urging the directorate-level officers to adequately mentor their subordinates.
Speaking on behalf of other participants from the States, the Director M&E, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Gombe State, Mrs Rose Edward, expounded the importance of M&E systems, especially at State levels, where citizens are not asking questions. She informed participants that Gombe State had commenced the process of developing a 10 year M&E plan.
Speaking on behalf of other States’ representatives, Edward appreciated the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and UNDP for organizing and identifying with the States, by involving them in the training.