The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for increased collaboration among the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to ensure the delivery of quality service to the people and ensure a progressive and prosperous State.
Obaseki made the call while declaring open the Edo State Joint Enumeration Workshop for Various MDAs in the State, held at the John Odigie Oyegun Public Service Academy in Benin City.
He noted that all MDAs in the State must work together to deliver the government’s promises to the people, ensuring sustainable growth and development in the State.
Obaseki said, “The various agencies of government need to work together to ensure progress and development of the State as working separately rings a negative alarm bell. We started a process last year to develop a 30-year master plan when we asked you to contribute data to a central point which will be used for development purposes.
“Some agencies have gone out to seek the assistant of a third party consultant to help them set up technology and processes required for data gathering.”
He noted, “Government is one and needs to operate as one. If we have different agencies of government who continue to run their own show in their own way without us understanding how we need to come together to work, then it will be a waste. This exercise is to bring together all the agencies collaborating for the progress and development of the State.”
Reiterating the need for MDAs to collaborate on information gathering for developmental purposes, the governor said, “We should not proceed this year without collaborating with each other for seamless and progressive exercise. This collaboration will pave the way for debates on how to store data, knowing who owns the data and how to use it for the purpose of planning and development.”
He added, “This workshop is not to stop what various agencies are doing but to see beyond what other people are doing and see how we can collaborate and take benefits of the investment we are making rather than working separately. This workshop should be about learning from each other.”