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Retreat: President Buhari directs ministers to work in unison

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed ministers and permanent secretaries to work in unison to actualise the total delivery of his administration’s set target to improve the livelihood of Nigerians.

The President gave the directive at the end of the two-day Mid-term Ministerial performance review retreat, in Abuja.

He also instructed the ministers to ramp up implementation of their mandates along with the Nine Priority Areas of this Administration.

The President stressed the need for synergy between the fiscal and monetary authorities in the country to keep the economy on the trajectory of growth.

He noted that the independent performance assessment report presented at beginning of the retreat, was an indication that significant progress had been achieved in the delivery of the ministerial mandates.

The President however urged government officials to close the gaps in the administration’s implementation efforts to ensure that its set targets were attained 2023.

To this end, he directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to immediately begin the process of convening quarterly co-ordination meetings for each priority area, based on the collaborative results framework.

President Buhari explained that such meetings would ascertain the status of implementation across the nine priority areas, identify bottlenecks, and proffer immediate solutions to them.

Capacity strengthening of Planning, Research and Statistic depts of all ministries

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 Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

President Buhari pledged that issues around expanding access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians would be given priority within the period of this administration.

He said the government would continue to reach out to the poorest and most vulnerable households through the National Cash Transfer Programme, and other initiatives.

According to the President, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development had been directed to come up with a legislative framework for social protection that would also guarantee its funding stream.

In view of the critical role of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in economic growth and development, the President said efforts would be geared towards removing bottlenecks that militate against access to government support schemes.

On the National Single Window Project, the President directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to ensure that relevant MDAs in the implementation of the project had completed the processes needed for its effective take-off by first quarter of 2022.

President Buhari said his administration would continue to address the issues breading corruption and impairing transparency in the management of public resources.

He said the Federal Government would prioritise funding and ensure that high-priority ongoing infrastructure projects were completed before the end of this administration.

Assessing the retreat, the President said he was confident that the lessons learned in the last two years of implementing government policies, programmes and projects would serve as the needed tool to propel every Ministry to remain committed towards the achievement of developmental objectives.

Reporting by Bello Wakili, Abdullah Bello; editing Abdullahi Lamino