OUR GOVERNMENT WILL IMPROVE ON SERVICE DELIVERY- NNAMADI SAMBO

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Vice-President Namadi Sambo on Thursday in Abuja reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to public service reforms and improved service delivery for Nigeria’s greatness.

 

Sambo, who was speaking at a retreat to develop a National Strategy for Public Service Reform, noted that the reforms currently being undertaken by the government was the most strategic and well thought out in the history of Nigeria.

 

The Vice-President, who was represented at the occasion by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi, said that the Federal Government had invested heavily in infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, power, security and manufacturing.

 

“We have focused on those things that will catalyse Nigeria’s development and give it its rightful place in the comity of nations as an economic powerhouse that can create wealth equitably for its citizens.

 

“We have invested heavily in infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, power, security and manufacturing.

 

“We have undertaken the most aggressive road reconstruction programmes since the 1970’s; our airports are wearing new looks.

 

“Our trains are running again and our farmers are getting their fertilisers directly without middlemen.

 

“We have completed 37 major dams and our dry season farming initiative successfully added one trillion metric tons of rice to our 2014 food production figures.

 

“I have no doubt that future generations of Nigerians will look back at the administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan and acclaim that it was the administration that put in place the foundation and pillars for Nigeria’s greatness.”

 

Sambo further stated that the reforms put in place by the government had been yielding fruitful results.

 

According to him, the nation’s pension funds have grown from a deficit of N43 billion in 2004 to N4 trillion in 2014, while the public procurement reforms have saved Nigerians in excess of N500 billion.

 

He said that the National Health Insurance Scheme covered 98 per cent of Federal Government employees, while the Treasury Single Account system had turned a government overdraft of N102 billion in 2011 to a credit of N86 billion in 2013.

 

He said that the nation’s revenue collection had gone up from N455 billion in 2002 to N4.8 trillion in 2013, saying that the reforms in the banking sector had seen the capital adequacy ratio of the banks improved from four per cent in 2009 to 19 per cent in 2013.

 

Sambo commended the Steering Committee on Reforms for putting together a National Strategy for Public Service Reform aimed to make Nigeria’s public service world class by 2025.

 

“We have focused on those things that will catalyse Nigeria’s development and give it its rightful place in the comity of nations as an economic powerhouse that can create wealth equitably for its citizens.

 

“We have invested heavily in infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, power, security and manufacturing.

 

“We have undertaken the most aggressive road reconstruction programmes since the 1970’s; our airports are wearing new looks.

 

“Our trains are running again and our farmers are getting their fertilisers directly without middlemen.

 

“We have completed 37 major dams and our dry season farming initiative successfully added one trillion metric tons of rice to our 2014 food production figures.

 

“I have no doubt that future generations of Nigerians will look back at the administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan and acclaim that it was the administration that put in place the foundation and pillars for Nigeria’s greatness.”

 

He noted that some of the issues to be discussed at the retreat, including wage disparity, budgeting and service delivery were issues that the public service had been grappling with for some time and no clear strategy or roadmap had been developed.

 

“I therefore, look forward to discussing the National Strategy for Public Service Reforms in (Federal Executive) Council, given that it is tackling these knotty issues and trying to fashion out solutions and ways forward.”

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