President Muhammadu Buhari has directed cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries to redouble their efforts and work in synergy for the delivery of his administration’s set targets to improve the livelihood of all Nigerians.
The president, who gave the directive yesterday at the end of the two-day Mid-term Ministerial performance review retreat, instructed the ministers to ‘‘ramp up implementation’’ of their mandates along the “Nine Priority Areas” of this administration.
The nine priority areas are building a thriving and sustainable economy; enhancing social inclusion and poverty reduction; enlarging agricultural output for food security and export as well as attaining energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products.
Others are expanding transport and other infrastructural development; business growth; entrepreneurship and industrialisation; access to quality education; affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians.
The administration has also prioritised building a system to fight corruption, improve governance and create social cohesion as well as security for all.
Buhari stressed the need for synergy between the fiscal and monetary authorities to keep the economy on the trajectory of growth.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president said intensive discussions at the retreat provided an opportunity to reflect on what the administration had done and areas it needs to improve and refocus attention.
‘‘The retreat provided an opportunity for us to undertake an objective assessment of our stewardship in line with the contract we signed with the Nigerian people to deliver on our electoral promises. From the assessment report and discussions at this retreat, I am glad to note that progress has been made towards the achievement of our objectives.
‘‘The independent performance assessment report presented on day one of the retreat indicates that significant progress has been achieved in the delivery of the Ministerial Mandates. We must close the gaps in our implementation efforts to ensure that we attain set targets by 2023,’’ the President said.
To achieve this, Buhari directed the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to begin the process of convening quarterly coordination meetings for each priority area based on the collaborative results framework.
He said the aim of the meetings is to ascertain status of implementation across the nine priority areas, identify bottlenecks, and proffer immediate solutions.
‘‘All ministers and permanent secretaries must be in attendance. These are not meetings to delegate,’’ he warned.
The president instructed the Office of the SGF to commence engagement with stakeholders to agree and push forward a framework for the institutionalisation of the Central Delivery Coordinating Unit.
‘‘All ministers and permanent secretaries are to promote a robust performance culture across the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) by setting up intra-ministerial delivery task teams,” he said.
Similarly, the President directed the Head of Service to, as a matter of urgency, invest in capacity strengthening of the Planning, Research and Statistics departments in all MDAs.
‘‘This should be done in collaboration with the Central Delivery Coordinating Unit,’’ he said.
Underscoring the need for synergy between the fiscal and monetary authorities, Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration will continue to implement fiscal measures to improve domestic revenues and mobilise external funding support to build a more resilient economy.
President Buhari pledged that issues around expanding access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians would be given priority.
According to the President, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has been directed to come up with a legislative framework for social protection that also guarantees its funding stream.
He added that in view of the critical role of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in economic growth and development, efforts will be geared towards removing all bottlenecks that militate against access to government support schemes by SMEs.
On the National Single Window Project, the president ordered the minister of finance, budget and national planning to ensure all relevant MDAs involved in the implementation of the project complete all processes needed for effective take-off of the National Single Window platform by first quarter of 2022.
On infrastructure, the president promised that the federal government will prioritise funding and ensure that all high-priority ongoing infrastructure projects are completed before the end of this Administration.