The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has charged senior appointees in his administration to adopt innovative solutions to solve problems in their various sectors in order to deliver on set goals.
Obaseki gave the charge at the weekend in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, at the State Executive Council retreat, held to appraise the performances of handlers of the ministries, departments and agencies of government, in the first half of the year.
At the well-attended event, commissioners took turns to bring other members of the EXCO to speed on developments in their various ministries, sharing achievements, challenges and the strategies they adopted in dealing with the variables around their tasks.
Setting the tone for the event on day one, the governor reinforced the vision of his administration and the need for the handlers of the various sectors of the state, namely; education, infrastructure, health, agriculture, job and wealth creation, among others, to continue to review their processes and procedures to better serve Edo people and residents in the state.
“We need to be more scientific in the way we approach our tasks because governance is organic. It is about enhancing the quality of life of our people and to do this, we need a robust bank of data on their locations, needs, yearnings and aspirations and their perception of what we are doing as a government,” Obaseki said.
He harped on the need to deploy the right tools, best practice and regular self and team evaluation mechanism to constantly measure performance internally, as well as comparing notes with similar agencies from other parts of the world.
He said that while “much work is being done in the basic education sector, the other levels of education must witness as much reforms to sustain the tempo of ongoing transformation of the state’s education sector.”
Former Vice Chancellor of Covenant University and Educational Administrator, Professor Aize Obayan, who served as resource person on the session on education, took the EXCO members through the conditions that must exist for a robust and reform-oriented education sector that will deliver quality manpower, highly sought after by industries.
The event was rounded off with reassurances to push through the last half of the year with better outcomes.
In attendance were commissioners, special advisers and other appointees of the Edo State government.