-Finance Minister calls for stronger coordination
Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah Jr., has called on departments of the ministry to ensure stronger coordination for improved service delivery.
“We’re the custodian of the national development plan. We have to build momentum, document gains we have made, do things differently by changing strategy and thinking differently”. Tweah said at the mid-year review of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning held in Marshall City, Margibi County from February 5 to 7, 2021.
The retreat according to him is more about coming together as a ministry, and practically talking, and understanding as to where the ministry is going.
Understanding from departments on matrix they have used on service delivery and their achievements were important in making an impact, he says.
It was held under the theme “Strengthen Public Service Delivery”, was also about assessing performance of the ministry’s objectives, its accomplishment and challenges during the last three years.
He challenged senior level staffs to take responsibility beyond their scope of work, so that other agencies of government payroll can be submitted on time. “We need to see ourselves more as a ministry, see us as being responsible for over 107 line ministries,anything we do will have some impact on the country, how we do strike that balance, your job is not done, until someone receives payment or money goes into the economy”.
However, Minister Tweah expressed the need for strengthening the department and about ways coordination can also take place between allotment and availability of funds.
The ministry is becoming more accountable and responsible to workers, with service delivery now “the game of the game”, practical improvement must be demonstrated at all times, he added.
In addition, Asst. Minister for Administration Patience Kollie-Lawson believes that employees of the ministry must maintain clear and define strategy that aligns with the PAPD.
She reminded employees about the PAPD which is the policy paper of the government development that include: power to the people, the economy and job creation, sustaining peace and transparency, adding that the ministry should remain alert, effective and professional to ensure government objectives are met, and that the live of every Liberian are affected positively.
Moreover, Asst. Min. Lawson, went on to say “As we carried out this Mid-Year strategic review, we must ensure the ministry objective aligned with the PAPD, and put our country first in every decision we make with honesty, as the change we hope to see might start from this room”.
Minister Samuel D. Tweah Jr., including Deputy Ministers and Assistant Ministers, Directors and Senior Analysts attended the retreat.