Why we created reform coordination dept in MDAs – Tarfa

Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has explained reasons behind the creation of reform coordination department in Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs).

Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Yerima Peter Tarfa stated this while flagging off the workshop to build capacity for reform officers in the civil service recently in Abuja.

He said the reform schedule officers were expected to have “good knowledge about how and why any organizational system in which they operate should function.”

Tarfa said the unit was created by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) “as the driving machinery for undertaking corrective actions in the functionality of any Ministry, Department, or Agency of government, where and when necessary.”

He said “to successfully drive reform and innovative in any MDA requires specialized training and exposure to requisite information on how to facilitate operational change and improvement in service delivery by governmental institutions.”

Tarfa therefore expressed belief that the workshop would equip participants with the required technical knowledge and capacity to initiate reforms, and ultimately achieve the objectives of their office.

He stated that at the end of the workshop, the participants would be well-positioned to appreciate “the issues, problems and prospects of pursuing reforms” in their respective departments.

In a welcome address, Director, Department of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement of the Ministry, Dr John O. Magbadelo, said the workshop would impact on the officers necessary knowledge about their schedule and how to properly function as reform agents in the ministry.

He further stated that the capacity-building would bridge the competency gap in that schedule.

Magbadelo encouraged the officers to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the workshop to improve their knowledge base, as well as understanding how to perform their role.