The Heads of Service of the Southwest states converged yesterday, September 13 in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, for a strategic meeting aimed at aiding rapid development in the region through collaboration and integration.
The meeting which was organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission in collaboration with the Partnership to Engage, Learn and Reform (PERL), a programme of the Department for International Development (DFID).
The Director General of DAWN Commission, Mr. Seye Oyeleye said the meeting became neccessary given the role of the Civil/Public Service as the engine room of government and the critical roles of the public service and the civil servants in government projects from conception to implementation.
According to him, "DAWN Commission also considers the region's public service, particularly the Heads of Service, as critical partners in advancing the vision of the Commission in making the region the preferred place to visit, live, work and invest."
"It is to this end that DAWN Commission in collaboration with DFID/PERL convened the meeting of the Heads of Service in the Southwest States to discuss issues bordering on improved service delivery in the region."
"The meeting was an opportunity to discuss some of DAWN Commission-DFID-PERL Partnership intervention areas within the region's governance system."
Stakeholders present at the meeting critically examined key elements in improving public service delivery while also collectively determining measures to ensure continuous learning and replication of good practices across the six States of the region to foster Regional Integration.