Zamfara State Governor Dauda Lawal has signed an Executive Order with the aim of addressing inefficiencies within the state’s civil service.
According to a statement released in Gusau, the state capital by Lawal Hussein, the Permanent Secretary for Cabinet Affairs, the Executive Order serves as a tool to streamline ministries and realign their functions to align with the administration’s objectives.
Additionally, the governor has undertaken a comprehensive restructuring of the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) within the state government. This restructuring initiative involves creating, dissolving, merging, and renaming certain MDAs.
The statement from the Permanent Secretary also highlights important changes in the nomenclature for officers reaching directorate grade levels (GL 15 and GL 16) within the Administrative Cadre, changing their title to “Director of Administration and Personnel, DAP.” Similarly, for those in the Finance Officers Cadre, the title has been modified to “Director of Finance and Accounts, DFA.”
Furthermore, the Office of the Governor will now oversee various organizations and offices, including Government House Administration, Projects Implementation Unit, Humanitarian and Relief Matters, Zamfara Social Intervention Programme (Z-SIP), and the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP).
Other offices under the governor’s purview include the Domestic Affairs Unit, Special Duties, Economic and Finance Matters, Debt Management Office, Infrastructure and Urban Renewal, Inter-Community Relations, National Social Investment Programme, Non-Governmental Organizations/Protocol, Board of Internal Revenue, Zamfara Geographic Information System (ZAGIS), and Investment Promotion Agency.
The statement also announces the restructuring of the offices of the Deputy Governor and Secretary to the State Government (SSG). The SSG’s Office has been divided into two offices: the Office of Cabinet Affairs and the Office of the Council Secretariat, Public Affairs, and Inter-Relations Procurement Units.
Additionally, the statement emphasizes that agencies and parastatals under the supervision of the SSG’s Office, such as the Hisbah Commission, Hajj Commission, Zamfara Agency for the Control of AIDS (ZAMSACA), Central Delivery Coordinating Unit, Substance Abuse and Human Trafficking Agency, Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, and Quota System and Recruitment, will now undergo more effective monitoring.
Furthermore, the statement notes that the Chief of Staff is responsible for the overall administration of the Government House. The Chief of Staff, in collaboration with the PPS, manages the Governor’s schedule and provides advice on matters related to appointments and meetings with various groups, organizations, and individuals. Additionally, the Chief of Staff is the head of all political appointees in the Government House.
The Office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor oversees three offices and four departments, which include the offices of the State Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Governor’s Office, and Liaison Offices.
It is worth mentioning that Governor Dauda Lawal had recently reduced the number of ministries from 28 to 15 and also decreased the number of Permanent Secretaries from 48 to 28. This was done to address the issue of high governance costs attributed to the large number of ministries and permanent secretaries in the state.
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