Western PS outlines challenges of service delivery
Mongu, July 12, ZANIS ———- Western Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba says delivering meaningful and sustainable development to the local people has been a daunting task due to lack of well articulated National Development Planning and Budgeting policy.
Mr Mwamba noted that government has failed to produce development benefits robust enough to address the numerous challenges being faced by communities due to high levels of inconsistence and budgeting gaps.
The Permanent Secretary was speaking this morning in a speech read for him by Deputy Permanent Secretary Mrs Namukolo Kamona during the Planning and Budgeting meeting at the Provincial Ministers Conference hall in Mongu district.
Mr Mwamba has observed that planning and budgeting is conducted on a Solid and compartmentalised manner hence it fails to anchor on the needs and rights of the people.
He also noted that the plans and budgets produced are usually activity based as opposed to result oriented.
Mr Mwamba further said that the tracking of results and justification of huge resources spent on short, medium and long term have not been easy to ascertain in terms of development values.
The Permanent Secretary has since called on stakeholders to operate on a service delivery basis in providing implementable and realistic inputs that will promote a shared vision for local areas based on their needs.
The aim of the meeting is to attain a “Coordinated and Integrated National development planning and budgeting system that is Responsive, Transparent, Accountable and Result oriented.”
The meeting attracted all heads of government departments and District Commissioners from all the 16 districts of western province.