By Murtala Muhammad
The USAID State Accountability Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity has commenced a three-day training on Leadership and Management for relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Gombe state.
The training is being conducted in Bauchi State with 37 participants drawn from Basic Education, Primary Healthcare, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) as well as Public Financial Management sectors.
The participants were selected from the high level ranks of Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Directors and other heads of MDAs in the state.
Speaking to Radio Nigeria, the Engagement and Capacity Building Specialist, Gombe State office of State2State Activity, Mr. Philip Ikita said the training was aimed at exposing the trainees on leadership towards judicious and responsive management of resources.
Mr. Ikita said State2State had conducted Organisational Capacity Assessment of the MDAs and identified some common gaps to include lack of Annual Work Plan, Service Improvement Plan, Monitoring and Evaluation systems among others, hence the Activity’s resolve to work together with partners to support the state in filling those gaps.
He explained that at the end of the training, there would be action plans, that would be centred around initiating systems of coordination and regular meetings amongst different units of the MDAs, with a view to bring about positive change in the highlighted domains.
The Citizen Engagement Capacity Building Specialist, called on the participants to fully concentrate in the training sessions, rise above above the normal public service beareaucratic principles and demonstrate good leadership and management skills in their various MDAs.
Mr. Philip Ikita said the goal of USAID State2State Activity was to improve accountability, transparency and inclusiveness in the key sectors of Basic Education, Primary Healthcare and WASH.
The $72 million five-year USAID State2State Activity is being implemented in Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe and Sokoto states by DAI in partnership with key Nigerian Organisations.