By: Alfred Saiki and Priscilla Tapshak
In a bid to overcome the dwindling economic situation the country is currently facing, the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration in Plateau State, led by Simon Bako Lalong, has promised to deliver its campaign promises to the people of the state.
In order to match words, money and act, the administration has organized a four (4) day retreat for its Executive members and heads of various Agencies in partnership with German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), with the theme, “Delivering Effective Service with Less Resources”.
The retreat which is currently taking place at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, would end today.
The Governor in his opening address had emphasized his administrations resolve to deliver on its Five (5) Policy Thrust, even in the face of the poor economic situation the state has found itself.
The Governor partly in his address said, “For this Policy Thrust to be realizable, I must emphasize that Team Spirit, financial prudence, discipline, dedication to duty, Leadership drive and strategic Implementation of policies, programs and actions are necessary ingredients for success. The Theme of this Retreat, “Delivering Effective Service with Less Resources” is therefore most appropriate, and I would urge you to all begin a process of critical thinking on the quick fixes that would make you hit the ground running in your various Ministries and Agencies”.
“Let me affirm the determination of our government to create the enabling environment that will grow our economy through public and private sector participation. The reforms and structural adjustments at the federal and state levels, aimed at cutting the cost of governance and exploring alternative sources of funding are the change ideology we will work upon to transform the State and deliver on the promises we made to our people”.
The Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Rufus Bature, on his part, reiterated that the retreat is timely considering the downturn in oil prices. He said Plateau state offers a lot in terms of agriculture, tourism and mineral resources and urged the state and people to be ready to harness all these resources available at all cost. Bature told the participants that the retreat would help broaden their knowledge and help them deliver on the governments’ policies in their various ministries and parastatals, as well as helping them work well with the Permanent Secretaries in their ministries.