President Muhammadu Buhari is particularly interested in the timely and effective execution of the zonal interventions and constituency projects and would not condone delays or poorly implemented projects, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office (SDO), Office of the Secretary to the Government or the Federation (OSGF), Engr. Festus Yusuf Daudu has said.
He spoke yesterday in Abuja at the “2019 Stakeholders’ Interactive Forum on the Implementation of Zonal Intervention/Constituency Projects.” This year’s event, he said, is aimed at enhancing the SDO’s working relationship as partners in the implementation of the Zonal Intervention/Constituency Projects and programmes.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is particularly interested in the timely and effective execution of these projects which are in line with the Next Level Agenda, hence the resolve to verify, monitor and evaluate all these projects in order to ensure optimal value for money.
“The SDO is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Zonal Intervention/Constituency Projects. This is a fall out of the mandate of the Projects and Programmes Department in the defunct Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs which was transferred to the SDO in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,” Daudu said.
He urged the National Assembly to sustain its support of the office by ensuring that the projects are used as a veritable tool for the realization of grass root democratic dividends.
Delivering the keynote, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha, said forum is to briefed stakeholders on the critical roles expected of MDAs and to also provide guidelines on effective monitoring, evaluation and verification for payment of the projects nationwide.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary Special Services Office (SSO), Hajiya Amina Shamaki Bello, the SGF said the forum was to also cross-fertilize ideas on the effective procedure for monitoring, evaluation and verification for payment purposes of the projects to guard against poor or non-implementation of the projects.