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USAID State2State Trains Key Officials of AKSG institutions on Leadership, Management

USAID State2State Trains Key Officials of AKSG institutions on Leadership, Management

…As Akwa Ibom Government Counts Gains from State2State Activities

By Ekemini Simon

Key Officials of priority Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Akwa Ibom State Government have been trained by the State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity on leadership and management responsibilities.

The State2State Activity, a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on April 6, 2022 through April 8 gathered Permanent Secretaries and Directors from 15 Akwa Ibom State Government MDAs to train.

The 3-Days training which took place in Port Harcourt had key Officials of Akwa Ibom State Government institution from State2State priority areas of basic education, primary healthcare, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Public Finance Management.

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  in training key Officials of government institutions on leadership and effective management approaches.

  Udom identified effective leadership and management as the fulcrum imperative for development in the State.

He noted that the Akwa Ibom State Government through the technical support received from the State2State team, has been exposed to an effective approach to governance which as a result has advanced the economy of the State.

The SSA stated “As a Government, we have benefitted a lot from State2State. This has affected our economy positively through various MDAs. The technical support which this programme has given to the State has exposed us to a lot of things we never knew as a State. 

“Right from the assessments, policies, frameworks and the procedures they have brought to bear especially during training as this, it is very important to note that in the nearest future, Akwa Ibom State will be one of the best in all the focused areas of the project.”

Udom emphasized the need for the selected participants to pay attention and learn all they could during the training so that they may become master trainers, thus passing the knowledge acquired to others in the MDAs.

He offered insight to the fact that the choice of top civil servants for the training stems from the plan to institutionalize what is learnt in a bid to make it sustainable.

” The reason we choose to work with civil servants is because you are more permanent than politicians. These policies and frameworks should be kept in place to be passed to the next generation of civil servants and by extension Akwa Ibom State Government”.

Earlier in his welcome remark, the State Team Lead (STL) of the Activity, Mr. Borve Paago-Imabel said that the major focus 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 four critical areas that include basic education, primary healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and public finance management.

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

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He explained that the training activity is a follow up activity to institutional capacity assessment in key MDAs which took place between June to July 2021.

The State Team Lead pointed out that the training is aimed at enhancing the capacity and status of MDAs in key areas including operational leadership and governance structure coupled with strengthening the MDAs attainment of their statutory responsibility and their vital role in a system of representative democracy.

Paago-Imabel offered insight to the fact that the training sets the ball rolling in the implementation of capacity development plan which emerged from the analysis of the assessment report of the organizational capacity assessment as mentioned.

He pointed out that although several activities have been conducted in the State, the capacity development plan speaks directly to the capacity needs of MDAs.

While noting that the State2State team has been mandated to ensure the implementation of action plans with follow up activities in the State, the State Team Lead called on the State Government to continue with its cooperation thus assisting in making their plan for the State come to reality.

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.

The training had paper presentations by Dean Faculty of Business Administration, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Vincent Onodugo coupled with several group works.

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