Abia State Public Sector Governance Reform and Development Project (PSGRDP) is a World Bank assisted Project. It’s a Project designed for the development of Public Sector in participating States for achieving total conformity with world best global practice.
Basically, it’s a Project put together to support participating states in strengthening their Public Finance which is inclusive of expenditure and revenue drive as well as human resource management.
The main project objective of the Public sector Governance Reform and Development Project (PSGRDP) is to improve transparency, accountability and quality in public finance and human resources management systems, with a view to strengthen governance in the State Public Service.
Essentially, the Project aims at supporting capacity building towards the building of institutional framework for the Public Service in compliance with world’s best global practice. Also, the Project has in its objective the target for minimizing wastage in the State Public Financial System and entrench value for money principles.
The project is designed around three (3) core reform areas, these includes: Public Financial Management Reform. Human Resource Management Capacity Development and Monitoring and Evaluation System Development.
The core reform components are however spread into nine (9) components as follows:-
Public Finance Management Legislation
Reform of Budget Preparation and Execution
Accounting, Expenditure Control and Financial Reporting
Internal and External Audit
State Integrated Financial Management Information System
Public Procurement Reform
Human Resources Management Capacity Development
Monitoring and Evaluation System Development.
Since the Project became effective in Abia State, various activities have been implemented and sundry equipment procured for the Activity Executing Agencies (AEAs) in supporting Public Service capacity for achieving the Project objectives. The Project had since provided support in the area of office equipment and Project vehicles for the participating AEAs in the State as well as providing qualitative support for capacity building in all the Project Implementing AEAs.
The implementation of the project is overseen by a State Project Steering Committee (SPSC), which is headed by the State Governor, or his representative who provide oversight for the Project and other Governance Reforms in the State. Implementation activities are, however coordinated and driven by State Project Coordinating Unit (SPCU), which also serves as the secretariat of the SPSC and a monthly coordinating committee.
The SPCU is headed by a Project Coordinator. Other key supporting staff are the Procurement Officer, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, the Communication Officer and Administrative Assistance, Project Accountant and internal Auditor.