By ISRAEL LAR
Participants at the four day strategic policy retreat for members of the Plateau State Executive Council, which included permanent secretaries and heads of key government agencies and departments have agreed on a paradigm shift from dependence on Federal Allocation for overheads and capital projects towards greater reliance on internally generated revenue, IGR.
This was contained in a communiqué after the retreat last Thursday which was read by the Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, SGS, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS Kuru, near Jos, the Plateau State capital.
They also resolved that all ministries, departments and agencies must embark on creative internal revenue generation from 2020 by leveraging additional funding sources, including strengthening investments in the three areas of comparative advantage in the state namely, agriculture, mining and tourism, which must be intensified in order to boost revenue generation, job creation and sustainable development in the state.
The communiqué however, applauded the project management office of the chief of staff which is saddle with the responsibility of the monitoring and evaluation of all ministries, departments and agencies key performance indicators, KPIs to ensure quality and tracking of set the targets.
It further commended the state government for adopting the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP and subsequent establishment of the state Livestock Transformation office to facilitate ranching which would go a long way in resolving farmers/herders conflict and creating jobs in the agro-allied sector.
It also challenged commissioners, permanent secretaries and other senior government officials to work as a team in providing leadership and direction towards the delivery of set targets in the next level.
Earlier in his remarks, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State said it was not going to be business as usual, stressing that what was agreed at retreat would be a yardstick to assess all the MDAs, urging them to pass the knowledge they acquired at the retreat to the lower cadres of their MDAs which would be used to assess their performance.
He also called on them to work in synergy with their sister MDAs and should equally brace up for the economic summit billed in the state soon.
The state All Progressive Congress Chairman, APC, Chief Letep Dabang commended members of the Executive for their zeal towards working to actualise the party’s manifesto with the implementation of the policies and programmes of the administration for better service delivery.