Kaduna government establishes policy councils for service delivery

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Kaduna State Government has established five Policy Implementation Councils to ensure better coordination and effective delivery of public services and development in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by the State Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye.

The statement quoted Governor Nasiru El-Rufai to have said, the establishment of the policy councils was a move to fast tract the delivery of people-centered governance.

El-Rufa’i explained that the policy councils, structured around the administration’s priority areas were designed to encourage government agencies to work together in conceiving policies and executing projects and programmes.

He disclosed that the approved Councils would be referred to as; ‘Human Capital Development’ and ‘Procurement Monitoring’ which will both be chaired by his Deputy, Dr Hadiza Balarabe.

Others are ‘Economic Development Council’ to be chaired by the Senior Adviser-Counsellor to the Governor, Mr Jimi Lawal and ‘Infrastructure Development Council’, also to be chaired by Chief of Staff to the Governor, Muhammad Abdullahi.

While the fifth council, ‘Institutional Development’ will be chaired by Secretary to the State Government, Mr Balarabe Lawal.

According to the statement, the councils were designed to help overcome operational hurdles and encourage collaboration among key Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) by reducing the waste of resources and improve the effectiveness of the implementation of government policies.

“They are charged with following up and ensuring implementation of all decisions from the State Executive Council and other decisions as approved by the Governor. They will also ensure proper frameworks exist for community engagement to enhance sustainability of government projects and programmes in the five key areas of focus.”

Council Activities

The Governor further stated that, the ‘Human Development Council’ which is to meet every Monday will be responsible for the coordination of a holistic approach of improving human capital.

He said the council was also tasked with providing quality healthcare, education, social development, nutrition and skills amongst others.

The ‘Economic Development Council’ will meet every Tuesdays and focus on growing the economic base, attracting domestic and foreign investments, boosting revenues and promoting job creation in the State.

While the ‘Infrastructure Development Council’ will focus on reducing the physical infrastructural deficit in all parts of the State and will be meeting on Wednesdays to ensure planned infrastructure expansion meets quality and timelines.

“Procurement Monitoring Council’ which is to meet on Thursdays is charged with ensuring adherence to procurement procedures across the State, donor-funded and debt-financed projects.

“The council is also responsible for giving “no objection” for amounts beyond N100 million or any other threshold set in the procurement guidelines as approved by the Kaduna State Executive Council from time to time. 

“And lastly, the ‘Institutional Development Council’ is charged with strengthening the capacity of the State public service and coordinate critical institutional reforms that advance the governance agenda of the State.

“The council will meet on Fridays to ensure the recruitment, training, assessment, discipline and continuous verification of the human resources in the State.”

The statement had noted that, members of the councils have since began meeting every week to review proposals, memoranda and governance issues as well as make decisions on MDA proposals.

It added that the councils will report to the State Executive Council from time to time for ratification of its decisions.