Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Mr Lai Mohammed says that the need for better synergy between political appointees and civil servants cannot be over emphasised.
The Minister said the two must complement each other in order to achieve the ultimate goal of the government.
He was speaking in Abuja on Thursday when the Head of Nigeria’s civil service, Mrs Winifred Oyo Ita led a delegation of Permanent Secretaries to the Ministry of Information and Culture peer review meeting earlier.
Mr Mohammed described the peer review exercise as very important for idea sharing and learning.
He also used the medium to tell the top civil servants that the President Buhari’s administration has done a lot in the area of infrastructure, agriculture, citizen welfare, and security among others.
Peer review is very crucial for the system because it allows knowledge and experience sharing which in the end will benefit the system.
There must be a synergy in the operation between the political appointees and public servants in the system because none of them can work in isolation, he explained.
Activities of Government
He then enjoined the public servants to be abreast with key policies, programs and activities of government so that they can give the true narrative to the public.
The Information minister said based on the promises of the present administration the government has done well in less than three years.
We have performed creditably that even the naysayers cannot challenge our statistics and figures.We have tackled Boko Haram,we have invested in Agriculture with our Anchor Borrowers Program,school feeding across 24 states and many others, he added.
The Head of civil service of the federation, Mrs Oyo Ita said the aim of the peer review was to understand how other ministries work, understand their successes and learn from that as well as challenges.
She said it was also to align the various ministries activities with the Economic recovery and growth plan of the government.
Mrs Ita also said the Ministry of Information and culture has a lot of work that would need more serious funding.
She observed and also advised that the ministry needs to do more in terms of communication because the government has done a lot but the public are not even aware of some projects. She cited examples with road, power and other infrastructural projects.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Culture, Ms Grace Gekpe said the Ministry has keyed into the government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan through the creative and film industry which boosted the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
International best practice
She said the Information section of the Ministry has been in the forefront of making sure they operate with international best practice.
The peer review is an activity that brings together Permanent Secretaries of various Ministries to look at activities of each other with a view to share ideas, learn from mistakes in order to achieve maximum impact in government policies and programs.
Source: Voice of Nigeria