COMMUNIQUE: Summit of the Heads of Service in the Southwest Geo-Political Zone (8th Edition), Held at the International Event Centre [The Dome], Akure, Sunday, 20th November to Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016
The 8th Summit of Heads of Service in the South-West Geo-Political Zone was held at the International Event Centre [The Dome], Akure, from Sunday, 20th to Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016. The Summit was hosted by the Ondo State Head of Service, Barrister ‘Toyin Akinkuotu, with the theme “Enhancing and Sustaining Effective Service Delivery in the Public Service in An Era of Dwindling Resources” as delivered in a key-note address by [Chief] Sir Olubunmi Famosaya mni, former Ekiti State Head of Service.
The Summit which was attended by Heads of Service and delegates from Ekiti, Ogun, Osun and Oyo States respectively, also had in attendance: officials of the Department For International Development [DFID] Nigeria and the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria [DAWN] Commission. Lagos State was not represented.
The Summit was declared open by the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, CON ably represented by the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulazeez Oluboyo.
2. Presentations, Deliberations and Tour:
At the Summit, 7 papers were delivered and deliberated upon while delegates were taken on a tour to some key projects of Ondo State Government in the Akure metropolis, which included the Mega School, Akure, Semi-Mechanized Abattoir, Ado Road, Akure, and the Free School Shuttle Scheme. The papers delivered are as follows:
[a] Enhancing & Sustaining Effective Service Delivery in Public Service in an Era of Dwindling Resources;
[b] DFID/PERL Regional Reform Approach to South-West States;
[c] Agricultural Initiatives for Food Sufficiency – Ekiti State Example;
[d] Reflecting on 2015 Summit/Action Plan’
[e] Safe Motherhood - Ondo State Example: Abiye Programme;
[f] Ondo State Residency Card [Kaadi Igbeayo]; and
[g] DFID Reform Mapping Outcomes.
Delegates discussed extensively on each of the presentations distilling
salient points germane to the development of the Zone.
Arising from the discussions, the Summit:
[a] agreed that all Public Servants must be at the forefront of the efforts to improve revenue mobilisation and financial accountability by blocking leakages and ensuring that all government revenues are collected and paid into the prescribed Consolidated Revenue Fund Account;
[b] urged all States public servants to exhibit high level of integrity in the use of Public Funds by shunning wasteful spending, exhibiting financial discipline in all procurements, and ensuring prudent, safe and proper maintenance of all government assets;
[c] stressed the need for professionalism in the discharge of Civil Service duties and obligations;
[d] encourage Inter State/Intra-Agency collaboration and
connectivity to achieve effective and efficient public service delivery;
[e] recommended that Personnel Exchange Programmes between States in the Region be encouraged to enable member States have a uniform benchmark in the discharge of Services;
[f] discourage a wholesale adoption of Private Sector innovations which could derail the Service from its Primary mandate;
[g] emphasised the need for the States’ Governments to increasingly collaborate with the Development Partners such as DAWN and DFID to accelerate implementation of the Regional Programmes of the Agencies;
[h] urged the States’ Governments to embrace the establishment of technology-driven platforms to remove drudgery, increase productivity and enhance performance in the Public Service;
[i] encouraged the development of home-grown initiatives to tackle socio-economic challenges in the Zone in the face of global economic recession;
[j] tasked professionals in Agricultural Sector to proffer lasting solutions to challenges of processing and storage of agricultural produce, improved methodology for producing animal feeds, etc in the Zone;
[k] enjoined the States’ Governments to take proactive actions in curbing incessant attacks on Crops and Farmers by herdsmen as done in some States;
[l] urged States to look inward with respect to areas of their comparative advantage, especially in solid minerals and Agriculture and design policies to ensure the development of such areas; and
[m] commended Ondo State Government for its laudable programmes such as the Residency Card [Kaadi Igbe-Ayo], Safe Motherhood [Abiye], among others and for the warmth and hospitality shown towards all the delegates to the Summit;
4. Next Meeting
The next meeting is scheduled to hold in the State of Osun being the next State on the existing rotational order.