Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the only way Nigeria can make progress in terms of efficient and effective service delivery is to apply sanctions for service failures.
Amaechi,who made this call yesterday when the National Coordinator, Servicom, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemeli paid him an advocacy visit in Abuja, reiterated that Servicom should rechannel its efforts towards attitudinal change to work, especially as it relates to civil servants.
“It is important that we reform ourselves first before looking at the system holistically”. He added that the Nigerian culture which hitherto abhorred cheating and corruption has been eroded by get-rich-quick-by-any-means mentality and hoped that Servicom will be able to bring about a reorientation of our value system.
In her presentation, the National Coordinator, Servicom, Mrs. Akajemeli, stated that the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global coalition of reformers driven by the passion to fight corruption, ensure an innovative driven system, zero tolerance to corruption, transparency and improved service delivery to citizens.
She stated that due to the centrality and importance of the Federal Ministry of Transportation’s services to citizens, the ministry was among seven others selected for the National Action Plan ii (2019-2021) with a view to developing and implementing service standards.
Representative of Civil Society, Chris Ugwuala, stated that they are ready to work with the state actors, pointing out that their actions should not be deemed as witchhunt but rather mission to improve on service delivery.
Welcoming the advocacy team, the Director, Road Transport and Mass Transit, Dr. Anthonia Ekpa, affirmed that the Honourable Minister is a reform and change agent, thus believes that all the necessary modalities to achieving the thematic areas of fiscal transparency, access to information, citizen’s engagement/empowerment, inclusiveness and improved service delivery would be realized by the ministry.
The Director, Reform Coordination in the ministry, Mrs. Agalasi Ehigie, thanked the minister for his support and assured the visiting Servicom team that they look forward to working with them to develop reform content for the ministry.