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MTSS Needed for Resource Value in Akwa Ibom, Says USAID Consultant

MTSS Needed for Resource Value in Akwa Ibom, Says USAID Consultant

Participants at the event.

By Ekemini Simon

The Consultant to USAID Nigeria State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness State to State Activity in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Joseph Umohabasi has stressed the need for Ministries Department and Agencies in Akwa Ibom State to develop Medium-Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) towards effective utilisation of State resources.

A medium-term sector strategy presents policy priorities or strategic objectives, defines activities and proposes a budget to achieve these. 

At a four-day Training of Trainers TOT on Strategic and Annual operational planning for 38 state  Permanent Secretaries and directors of Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs), held from Monday May 30 through Thursday, June 2 in Uyo, the Consultant said MTSS as a building block to good planning will help Akwa Ibom State to use its resources in the best way and the best value for the State and citizens of the State.

” MTSS is one of the building blocks for good planning, linking State policies to strategies and then to budget so that we use our resources in the best way and give the best value for Akwa Ibom State and citizens of the State.”

USAID’s Consultant, Mr. Joseph Umohabasi .

 Umohabasi who expressed optimism over the expected success in MTSS creation in Akwa Ibom State said he met very enthusiastic officials of the government who are willing to learn.

” We have left them some assignments. Those assignments are technical things that will help them build on the things learnt. Hopefully, we may have some follow up things to do like mentorship”, he said.

While declaring the training open, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Multilateral and Donor Agencies, Mr Ndiana-Abasi Udom on behalf of the Akwa Ibom State Government thanked USAID State2State intervention for training key Officials of government institutions on Strategic/Annual Operational Planning.

Represented by the Secretary of the Agency, Blessing Udofa, the SSA who noted that there have been significant positive changes from the training by USAID called on the trainees to step down the training in order to institutionalize the knowledge in MDAs across the State.

Blessing Udofa.

Earlier in his welcome remark, the State Team Lead (STL) of the Activity, Mr. Borve Paago-Imabel noted that the kernel of the USAID State2State activity is to increase accountability, transparency and effectiveness in governance, with particular emphasis on public procurement, monitoring and evaluation for effective service delivery in three critical areas that include basic education, primary healthcare and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Paago-Imabel thanked Akwa Ibom State Government for providing an enabling environment for the State 2State Activity to support the state.

The State Team Lead offered insight to the fact that the training activity is a follow up activity to the management and leadership training that took place in Port Harcourt in April 2022.

He said the Strategic/Annual Operational Planning training is designed to fortify participants with enabling skills on how to design effective and implementable Medium Term Sector Strategy which is said is the bedrock of good visionary programmes that gives value for resources.

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Some of the participants interviewed by our correspondent expressed their joy and enthusiasm towards the training and plan to cascade their experiences in their various offices.

Some of the participants who spoke with our correspondent include; Elder Ini Ikie, a Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Saviour Udoh, Acting General Manager of Akwa Ibom Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency.

Ikie said the workshop had increased in his capacity in strategic planning and he would step down to his colleagues the knowledge acquired.

Elder Ini Ikie.

Udoh, noted that he is delighted over the fact that the training has afforded the trainees opportunity to appraise and highlight their sectorial strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Mr. Saviour Udoh.

He added “We will use the appraisal to strengthen our various agencies vis-a-vis the sectors.
“The WASH sector in the State has not been very effective, so the outcome will be different. We will harness the information we have gotten, synergize with other MDAs within the sector and see how we can pursue the demands of Sustainable Development Goals. In the next few weeks, we expect to produce a Medium-Term Sector Strategy”.

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