By Mohammed Suleiman, Dutse
Governor Namadi of jigawa state has announced plans to fast track activities of heads of MDAs by defining specific and performance indicators to which they will be held accountable.
The Governor gave this indication while declaring open a two-day retreat for members of the State Executive Council and other top government officials which began in Kaduna on Monday.
The event was, organized in collaboration with the FCDO-funded PERL-ARC program, themed “Accelerating Socio-economic Development for a Greater Jigawa.”
The Governor who underscored the importance of the retreat, emphasized the invaluable partnership with development organizations such as FCDO, UNICEF, and Save the Children.
Recognizing the retreat’s comprehensive agenda and its critical role in achieving the state’s development goals, Governor Namadi encouraged all participants to think creatively and innovatively to ensure the retreat’s objectives yield transformative outcomes.
Governor Namadi also spoke on the ongoing challenges faced by the state despite several years of success stories across various sectors.
He expressed concern about key human development indices that continue to depict a grim picture despite significant achievements saying that these challenges persist, as evident in the 2022 MICS Survey Report.
Highlighting the need for a revised approach to implementing initiatives and interventions, Governor Namadi stressed the importance of practical improvements in the socioeconomic well-being of Jigawa citizens with measurable impacts on national surveys.
Furthermore, he emphasized the significance of efficient resource utilization, effective public expenditure, and financial management systems.
He proposed the establishment of a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to continually appraise performance across sectors and take remedial measures when necessary.
Governor Namadi therefore urged the participants to actively engage in the retreat proceedings, recognizing that issues discussed are pivotal for sector-level success and overall government performance.
He expressed optimism regarding the retreat’s fruitful outcomes and its contribution to making Jigawa a greater and better state.
Secretary to the Jigawa State Government, Mallam Bala Ibrahim outlined the retreat’s objectives, which include familiarizing participants with the policy and governance environment and implementing the governor’s commitments outlined during his inaugural speech on May 29th.
Also, the representative of the FCDO, Abubakar Tijjani, reaffirmed of the organisation’s commitment to advancing the state’s 12-point agenda and pledged continued partnership with the Jigawa State Government.