• PSGRDP TRAINS M&E OFFICERS ON DATA COLLECTION

    In order to achieve the desired result in Monitoring and Evaluation component of the new Ondo State Reform system, there is a need for the participating officers to have a vivid knowledge of data collection, being instruments that will help them track the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) relating to their various Ministries and Agencies.

    To this effect, Ondo State Public Sector Governance Reform Development Project, ODPSGRDP organized a two day training programme on data collection for the Focal Officers of the five piloting Ministries, Agencies, and Departments MDAs.
    The training was aimed at providing the participants with thorough knowledge of their assignment, and how to analyse data collected while a representative of the Consulting firm contracted by the government to design a new M&E system for the state was available to lecture them appropriately.

    Declaring the training open, the Project Coordinator (PC) of ODPSGRDP, Mr. B.J. Daisi described data collection as one of the activities to be followed in implementing M&E process, which he said contains workplan for the component.

    His words: “For you to be able to track your KPIs, you need data, it will tell you whether you are moving towards achievement of KPIs or not, that is why this assignment (collection of data) is important, and for us to be able to collect data effectively, our capacity needs to be built and that is why you are here.

    “While we were negotiating with E&Y on this particular assignment, one of the things we said they must take us through is the usage of certain data analytical tools.

    Explaining the purpose of PSGRDP, the PC noted that it is all about transparency and accountability in the management of government’s funds focusing on three major components, PFM, HR, and M&E.

    Charging the participants on the need for effective implementation of the system in all MDAs, particular the five piloting ones, Daisi emphasized that the money committed to the reform project is a credit which the State must refund one day, hence the need to get value for it.

    He urged them to endeavor to understand the component as it relates to their various Ministries, while referring to them as one of the AEAs that the project is supporting.

    The PC therefore thanked the government for the support given the project and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, being the supervisory Ministry.

  • ODSG GETS NEW MONITORING AND EVALUATION SYSTEM

    The current administration in Ondo State has sought the help of the World Bank in reforming the old Monitoring and Evaluation system being operated in the State.

    This is geared towards providing effective service delivery, accountability to its citizens, ensuring that policy formulation and decision making are based on evidence and results are achieved in relation to its growth and development targets.

    Functional M&E system is needed and important in a bid to know the extent of progress being made towards the achievement of various projects executed by the State, hence the need to reform it to conform to current standard.

    To achieve this, the State engaged a Consulting firm, Ernest &Young, to develop a new M&E system for the State, and activities of the component for year 2016 according to the approved workplan has started in earnest.

    The consulting teams are on ground to carry out M&E data collection and training for Focal Officers of the five pilot MDAs and the six AEAs after submitting the deliverables from February to December 2015.

    Also, office equipment for the successful operation of the M&E, E-training centre, domiciled in the State M&E Secretariat had been supplied and other activities of the component await no objection from the bank.

  • PUBLIC PROCUREMENT SUB-COMPONENT EMBARKS ON FACT FINDING TRIPS TO ABUJA AND LAGOS

    The Public Procurement Reforms Sub-Component of the Ondo State Public Sector Governance Reforms and Development Project (ODPSGRDP) had on March 2016 embarked on a two-pronged study tour of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Abuja and to the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (PPA) to obtain facts and relevant information that would aid the birth of similar reform in Ondo State.

    Meanwhile, the Head of Service of Ondo State Barr. Toyin Akinkuotu had before the trips inaugurated a Technical Committee on Public Procurement, saddled with different responsibilities out of which was the study tours to BPP and PPA.

    The Technical Committee, made of eight members was therefore divided into two for the tours; the Lagos PPA team was headed by the Project Coordinator of ODPSGRDP Mr. B.J. Daisi, while that of Abuja BPP was led by Mrs. Yemi Pirisola.

    At the end of the two day visits, after the hosts have introduced them to the current status of their activities in the areas of challenges, strategies, corporate structure, human resources, and inter-relations with all MDAs, the delegates both concluded that Ondo State has a hefty mileage to cover if it has to catch up with States that have fully bought into the Public Procurement Reform.
    The Committee who believes that Ondo State has the human resources with industry and whatever it will take to achieve the all-important goal, however proposed to the government to intensify effort and establish the Public Procurement Agency/Bureau even though the Bill to this effect has not been passed into law but could catch up in the future.

    Aside the hands-on facts garnered by the teams over the course of the tours, BPP and PPA were magnanimous to provide the delegates with various booklets, manuals, publications and gazettes that would go long ways to guide the State when it sets out to implement its public procurement reform.

    The Teams thereby appreciated the host agencies for the knowledge acquired by presenting them branded souvenirs of the Ondo State Government, and also acknowledged the full support of ODPSGRDP’ s Task Team Leader at the World Bank, Mr. Ike Iweke.
    Areas of visitation during the tour include, in Lagos, office of the Head of Service, Reform Procurement MDAs, State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC), among others.
    In Abuja, the BPP took the team to visit all its departments and facilities inside the Presidency, meeting all the Directors, and they were given succinct and impactful lectures on the history of the procurement reform in Nigeria.
    Other members of the committee are Mr.Akinseloyin, Mr.Olajorin, Mr. Olanusi, Mr.Akinsemola, Mr.Omomofe, and Mr.Orunko.

  • ONDO STATE PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM, FOCAL OFFICERS CHARGED TO BE ALIVE TO DUTY

    As Ondo State Government intensified effort towards reforming its Public Service system, the Focal Officers in charge of the reform components of the Ondo State Public Sector Governance Reforms and Development Project (ODPSGRDP) have been implored to be up to the task ahead of them to ensure its successful operation.
    A Consultant from Ernest &Young consulting firm in charge of the project, Mr….. gave the charge during an interactive session with the focal officers, purposely held to get update and how far they have gone with the reform strategy in their various areas of assignment.
    The Consultant noted that the reason for the meeting is to acquaint them with the roles they each needs to play in key project deliverables and to understand where they are in terms of the reform initiatives.
    The major components of the reform project, according to him are Public Financial Management (PFM), Human Resource, and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), while they all have sub-components.
    He explained that one of the things they want to achieve at the end of the project is to articulate a very holistic vision for the Ondo State Public Service with a focus on PFM, HR, and M&E, adding also that they want to provide a common vision that is focused on a long time period of where they expect Ondo state public service to be in the next five years.
    His words: “We are putting together Public Service Reform Strategies, and what is the reason behind the strategy that will want to come up with? It is a creation of unique and valuable position, we are saying that whatever we are doing now from the perspective of stakeholders has to be fundamentally different from the way things have always be existing.
    “We want to harmonise the implementation process so as to derive synergy in terms of all various project we are working on and at the end of the day we will also provide you with a document that we can say is Ondo State Public Service Strategy.
    “In each of these components there are other subcomponents, it is how all these are fixed together that we consider as strategy; for us the purpose of this strategy must be clear to us and that is the reason for this meeting.
    “It is not just how we see public service of today but tomorrow, we are saying in the next five years where do we want to be as a public service?
    Some of the reform sub-components according to him are: Financial reporting, internal and external audit reform, budgeting, expenditure, public procurement, and tax administration, SIFMIS, among others.
    He described the meeting as very crucial and critical as it enables them to understand the status of each reform initiative and the need to work in the same direction regardless of their different past so as to move the vehicle forward.

  • ONDO STATE STUDIES LAGOS REVENUE COLLECTION PROCESSES

    To ensure an effective and efficient tax collection process in Ondo State that will help boost the State’s Internally Generated Revenue, a team of delegates had been sent to Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) on a two day study tour of LIRS’s revenue generating methods.
    Led by the Director of Informal Sector in Ondo State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr.Bunmi Alade, the delegates underwent thorough study of the structure and business processes of LIRS as presented by director of each directorate.
    They were made to know that LIRS is autonomous with several directorates and units to enhance ease tax collection that will be beneficial to both the government and the tax payers.
    Though supervised by the Lagos State Ministry of Finance, LIRS has directorate of Personal Income Tax, directorate of New Growth Areas, directorate of Informal Sector, of Tax Audit, of legal Services, of Administration and Human Resources, and directorate of Finance and Accounts.
    Aside these, LIRS operates 38 major and 42 mini tax stations, while the mini ones are located within the market areas for ease of payment and collection of tax.
    Giving a brief summary of the structure and activities of LIRS, its Chairman Mr. Olufolarin Ogunsanwo noted that Lagos Revenue Service’s process has been automated through an in-house ICT, and operates zero-cash tax collection.
    He further noted that LIRS has increased the State’s IGR by executing programmes and implementing strategies which have impacted positively on revenue generation and collection, adding that Lagos IGR has moved from monthly average of about N600m in 1999 to about N23b in 2015.
    According to him, autonomy is a must for effective tax administration as it is a distinct identity that makes the board to be respected and free from bureaucratic bottleneck and politics, and also allows a private sector-driven operation system.
    He therefore appreciated Ondo State government, Board of Internal Revenue and the World Bank for choosing LIRS as a model for study towards improved IGR.
    At the end of the two days study, it was recommended that to enhance rapid prosecution of recalcitrant taxpayers and create tax awareness in Ondo State, there is a need to establish Revenue Courts manned by Magistrates trained in tax matters and also enactment of tax administration laws to give the legal framework for the operation of the board.
    Also, creation of a functional public education and enlightenment unit and standard ICT unit for full automation of all business processes are needed.
    To boost the morale of the staff and enhance their performance, there is need for the BIR to train and give them incentives to motivate them, and embark on the production of Staff policy document, audit and other operation manuals to guide the conduct of the Staff.
    Other recommendations include, use of POS&PPC machines within the markets for ease of collection, recruitment of University degree/HND holders into the service to enhance performance, use of various interest groups and personalities, and cashless revenue collection system.
    Responding, Mr. Bunmi Alade thanked management and Staff members of LIRS for the opportunity to study the business processes of the organization, and for taking them on a visit to a few of their outstations.

  • Ondo State move to improve Taxation system

    The Ondo State Government, through the Assistance of the World Bank on Public Sector Governance Reform Project (PSGRDP), is planning to improve Taxation system in the state. Recently, the State advertised in the national dailies the contract for the implementation of Tax Administration System (TAS) in the State.

    The Project Coordinator, Mr B.J. Daisi applauded the state government for the initiative took to join the race for development and the willingness to make the State one of the states in Nigeria operating on world best global practices. Similarly, the Project Coordinator also commend the courage of the bidders who have shown interest in the Project without considering the much discouraging economic situation ravaging the nation currently. He gave the assurance of level playing ground and equal treatment to all bidders without favoritism.

    Bidders present at the Bid Opening ceremony commended the State and the Project Staff in particular for the transparency displayed in the exercise. Many of them emphatically commend on the sure-link communication strategy of the Project which is a rare experience with many state of the federation.