COURTESY CALL TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE COMMISSION
The meeting started with an opening prayer and self-introduction from both staff of Local Government Service Commission and the staff of SISDev.
The chairman (Alh. Aminu Ahmed) gave a welcome remark by appreciating the SISDev team for the courtesy visit. The team was briefed on the responsibility of the agency that has the sole responsibility of overseeing and management of the Local government staff for all the twenty (20) LGAs in Bauchi State. Their responsibilities include; staff recruitment, promotion, discipline and retirement.
The Chairman BoT SISDev (Prof. Abdulqadir Ibrahim) in his response informed the team that, SISDev, means; Savannah Institute for Sustainable Development and was established about three (3yrs) ago. It is registered with the CAC and operates in Bauchi and will expand to the entire North East region. It is based in Bauchi. The organisation has three thematic focus as follows; Good Governance, Peace & Security and Energy and Environment.
The governance structure of SISDev is headed by the Board of Trustees who has the mandate on strategic decision and policy thrust of the organisation. The Board of Fellows are persons with technical expertise in various fields and contribute to the achievement of the Organisational goals. The programme Staff handle the implementation of projects as well as team of volunteers who supports and fill in the gaps as well as learn and acquire skills to become employable.
The purpose of the visit is based on the importance of the role of the Local government who has direct impact on the people because of its closeness to the grass root. The LGA system is strategic in governance at the local level. SISDev have the strong believe that, if the systems at the Local level is effective faster progress will be achieved. Hence local government is critical for sustainable development.SISDev has strong interest in grass root development and the Agency is relevant to the institute. The LGA is important as vehicle to development andthe Agency have access and control to both Human and material resources which can be harnessed for the development of the rural poor. SISDev is willing to support and build the capacity towards sustainable use of the resources to be more effective and efficient for the benefit of the rural populace. SISDev is willing to support organisation to identify talents not utilised through networking and developing their capacity. SISDev apply the following approaches; Capacity building, Partnership and Model development.
The Director training emphasised training as most essential for staff development to be more effective. Staff development is key to organisational growth and sustainability. Hence, he recommended a proposal for capacity building to be developed and shared with the Agency for consideration.
In the same manner the ALGON Chairman representing the 20 LGAs lamented the decay in the system of the Local government governance where staffs lack the capacity and technical skills in simple administrative management. He assures the team of SISDev that, issues related to environment and energy is critical for the LGA because they are for the people. ALGON is willing to partner with SISDev in the following areas; capacity building, Administrative management, ICT literacy for staff and design of performance measurement for improved productivity.
The Agency express their gratitude for the visit and promise to keep the line open for further discussion which will be translated into action for the Agency. The meeting was closed with prayer and group Photograph.