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Implement New Computer Program in 6 Government Ministries to Improve Service Delivery (NG0029)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Nigeria Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: SERVICOM Presidency

Support Institution(s): OSGF, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Power Works and Housing, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Transportation (plus associated Agencies for these five Ministries) Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, VP’s Delivery Unit, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Ministry of Communications, Police Service Commission, Public Complaints Commission, Federal Judicial Service Commissions, National Orientation Agency, PENCOM, National Bureau of Statistics, Office of the SDGs Oxfam, Water Aid, Nextier, IITA, Action Aid, Citizens’ Connect, Citizens’ Gavel, Order Paper Advocacy Initiative, Public & Private Development Center, Connected Development (CODE), CSACEFA, Policy Alert, and their relevant partners from State and National levels – 4th tier (traditional leaders), Nigerian Policing Programme (NPP), CISLAC,PRIMOG , Citizen Commons, Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN), Safe & Sound Youth Awareness Initiative, Ethics and Corporate Compliance Institute of Nigeria, Youths in Africa Anti-corruption Network, NBA,Open Alliance , Brekete Family, ‘Majesty Media’, Team Member, PRIMORG, Citizen Commons African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD), The Meluibe Empowerment Foundation.

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Education, Health, Infrastructure & Transport, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Nigeria Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Brief description:
This commitment seeks to contribute to improve the integrity of Government and the citizens’ trust of Government Service delivery who deliver need-assessments based on timely, fair, equitable, effective and transparent services, through more motivated, people-oriented, result-driven, efficient and effective public services in six key sectors.

General problem:
Unsatisfactory delivery of public service leading to receding citizens’ trust and apathy in government and prevalence of negative practices such as nepotism, favoritism, corruption, social-inequality, delays and wastages.

Specific OGP issue:
Capacity and responsiveness of government to citizens’ needs, expectations and satisfaction; and the feedback capacity of citizens to engage government on their right to quality service.

Rationale for the commitment:
The success of ongoing strategic public sector reforms spearheaded by BPSR/HoS largely reliant on a people-oriented, innovative, open public service as perceived by citizens would be sustained by improved service delivery.

Main objective:
1. To improve and support emerging merit-based, transparent and accountable governance systems, responsive feedback mechanism.
2. To contribute to attitudinal change from public service providers and value orientation in public service (political and religious neutrality, absence of tribalism, sectionalism, nepotism, favouritism, etc.)
3. To improve efficiency and process through the adherence to standards in Service Charter of the public sector rules and regulations, resulting in quality and satisfactory services rendered to the public.
4. To encourage good practices in the public service and replication with sub-nationals on steps to improving the quality of service delivery in line with global best practices.

Anticipated impact:
Increased access to quality and satisfactory services in the Health, Education, Agriculture and (infrastructure) Transportation, Works, Housing and Power sectors.

See action plan for milestone activities

IRM Midterm Status Summary

15. Improve MDAs’ Service Charter compliance

Main Objective

“1. To improve and support emerging merit-based, transparent and accountable governance systems, responsive feedback mechanism.

  1. To contribute to attitudinal change from public service providers and value orientation in public service (political and religious neutrality, absence of tribalism, sectionalism, nepotism, favouritism, etc.)
  1. To improve efficiency and process through the adherence to standards in Service Charter of the public sector rules and regulations, resulting in quality and satisfactory services rendered to the public.
  1. To encourage good practices in the public service and replication with sub-nationals on steps to improving the quality of service delivery in line with global best practices.”

Milestones

  1. Advocacy visit to the management of selected MDAs
  2. Sensitization Meeting with Top Management of Six (6) selected MDAs by Lead MDA and Non-State Actors involved
  3. Review of existing Service Charters and creation of new ones where necessary to include levels of neutrality expected in processes of MDAs such as staff recruitment, performance assessment, promotion, contract award, the wastefulness of government resources, and discourtesy to the public, fraud and corruption.
  4. High level advocacy to Budget Office for the inclusion of Ministerial SERVICOM Unit (MSU) of the Budget Line for Production/Implementation of Service Charter in MDAs
  5. Conduct a biannual Joint Stakeholder meeting and Media Engagement towards raising awareness of the need for compliance with the Service Charter standards by service providers and communication of expectations to end-users
  6. Measurement of MDAs’ compliance with the Service Charter
  7. Conduct staff capacity assessment for SERVICOM
  8. Conduct staff capacity development programmes on identified gaps
  9. Biannual Performance Report by SERVICOM and OGP Secretariat of key stakeholders to FEC
  10. Introduction of award system to best performing service delivery MDAs
  11. Advocacy visits to selected state governors as part of sub-national engagement strategy
  12. SERVICOM to publish compliance reports received from MDAs in easy to assess formats, e.g. website, selected dailies, social media platforms
  13. SERVICOM to conduct quarterly meeting with Civil Society Organizations on emerging with issues on improving service delivery

Editorial Note: For the complete text of this commitment, please see Nigeria’s action plan at https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/nigeria-action-plan-2019-2021/

Commitment Analysis

This commitment seeks to improve public service delivery by government agencies and to engage selected state governors on service delivery improvement at the subnational level. The commitment aims to increase transparency and accountability in seven pilot ministries. These are the Federal

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Power, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, and the Federal Ministry of Aviation. [180] It will do so by encouraging compliance with service charters – documents containing service pledges, service standards, and commitments to which citizens are entitled.

This commitment includes 13 milestones. Activities aim to create service charters for MDAs that don’t have them and revise existing service charters to reflect citizen feedback. SERVICOM (Service Compact with All Nigerians) intends to promote compliance through training, citizen engagement, and monitoring. The commitment also plans for advocacy to include a Ministerial SERVICOM Unit in MDAs’ service charter budget line. In addition, on the subnational level, this commitment envisions a compact of state-governors affirming the provision of service delivery in accordance with their service charters. [181] The pilot subnationals are drawn from the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. These are Nasarawa State, Katsina State, Bauchi State, Oyo State, Imo State, and Delta State. [182]

The commitment is relevant to the OGP value of access to information, as it plans for SERVICOM to publish compliance and performance reports on MDAs in a variety of formats, including websites and social media. It is also relevant to the OGP value of civic participation, as it entails SERVICOM meeting with CSOs every quarter to gather their inputs on how to improve service delivery.

If implemented fully, this commitment would have a moderate potential impact on improving service delivery by MDAs. On average, SERVICOM reports that MDAs have a 44% rate of compliance with their service charters. [183] This commitment aims to achieve greater compliance with MDAs’ service charters, as assessed by SERVICOM’s Composite, Weighted-Average Index: Timeliness (24%), Information (18%), Professionalism (16%), Staff Attitude (12%), and Service Delivery (Value for Money) (30%). [184] Additionally, planned capacity building could improve civil servants’ awareness of Service Charters and expected quality of service delivery. Publication of a biannual performance report, the planned award system, and linking MDA budgets, and staff promotions to service charter performance could potentially provide an incentive for greater compliance with Service Charters. Finally, including a Ministerial SERVICOM Unit in MDAs’ service charter budget line will address SERVICOM’s funding challenges. According to SERVICOM, previously, most SERVICOM Units in Ministries have not had a budget line. MDAs have not adhered to the Federal Executive Council-approved circular on budgetary provision for their SERVICOM Units, and for MDAs with a budget line, funds have not been released in a timely manner. [185]

However, according to the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), MDAs’ service delivery faces a number of challenges, including limited e-government services, opportunities for citizen feedback, and information sharing between and among MDAs. In addition to SERVICOM efforts, improving service delivery will require a concerted effort by MDAs’ leadership. [186]

Given the complex challenges that exist for ensuring effective service delivery in Nigeria, there needs to be an ongoing dialogue between SERVICOM, MDAs, governors, and civil society clarifying how SERVICOM can add value in improving service delivery. The first two milestones of this commitment could be used to this end.

[180] The IRM received this information from Lucy Zach Uhok during the pre-publication period on 4 September 2020.
[181] Nnenna Akajemeli (SERVICOM), email correspondence with IRM, 26 June 2020.
[182] The IRM received this information from Lucy Zach Uhok during the pre-publication period on 4 September 2020.
[183] Own calculations, based on data from reports, in Evaluation and compliance reports, Servicom, Federal Government of Nigeria, in https://servicom.gov.ng/1388-2/#tab-id-12   
[184] “Nigeria 2019-2021 National Action Plan,” Open Government Partnership, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/nigeria-action-plan-2019-2021/, p.77.
[185] Nnenna Akajemeli (SERVICOM), email correspondence with IRM, 26 June 2020.
[186] Chinedu Bassey (Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre), email correspondence with IRM, 27 July 2020.

Commitments

  1. Participatory Budgeting

    NG0015, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  2. Implement Open Contracting and the Open Contracting Data Standard

    NG0016, 2019, Access to Information

  3. Transparent Tax Revenue Reporting

    NG0017, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  4. Open Contracting and Licensing in Extractives

    NG0018, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Implement EITI Standard

    NG0019, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  6. Establish Beneficial Ownership Registry

    NG0020, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Strengthen Asset Recovery Legislation

    NG0021, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  8. Implement National Anti-Corruption Strategy

    NG0022, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  9. Improve Compliance with Freedom of Information Act with Focus on Records Management

    NG0023, 2019, Access to Information

  10. Improved Compliance with Mandatory Publication Provisions Requirement (FOIA)

    NG0024, 2019, Access to Information

  11. Implement Permanent Dialogue Mechanism

    NG0025, 2019, Dispute Resolution & Legal Assistance

  12. Aggregate Citizens' Feedback on Programs

    NG0026, 2019, E-Government

  13. Freedom of Association, Assembly, and Expression

    NG0027, 2019, Civic Space

  14. Enhance Participation of the Vulnerable

    NG0028, 2019, Capacity Building

  15. Implement New Computer Program in 6 Government Ministries to Improve Service Delivery

    NG0029, 2019, Capacity Building

  16. Legal Instrument to Strengthen SERVICOM

    NG0030, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Citizen Participation in Budget Cycle

    NG0001, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Open Contracting

    NG0002, 2017, Access to Information

  19. Extractive Sector Transparency

    NG0003, 2017, Access to Information

  20. Tax Reporting Standards

    NG0004, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  21. World Bank Doing Business Index

    NG0005, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport

  22. Beneficial Ownership Register

    NG0006, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  23. Anti-Corruption Informationi Sharing

    NG0007, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  24. Asset Recovery Legislation

    NG0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  25. Anti-Corruption Activity Coordination

    NG0009, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  26. FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting

    NG0010, 2017, Access to Information

  27. FOIA Compliance for Disclosure

    NG0011, 2017, Access to Information

  28. Permanent Dialogue Mechanism

    NG0012, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  29. Joint Governmnet-Civil Society Legislation Review

    NG0013, 2017, Fiscal Openness

  30. Technology-Based Citizens' Feedback

    NG0014, 2017, E-Government

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