*Inaugurates Presidential Policies and Programmes Audit Committee
*Panel to take stock of efforts, make preparations for administration’s second term
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that the plans and policies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration are guided by the promises that were made to Nigerians.
Speaking at the inauguration of Policies and Programmes Audit Committee at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday, Prof. Osinbajo said the government will continually be accountable to the people.
“As you are already well aware, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the establishment of the Policies, Programmes and Projects Audit Committee,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.
“This is to take stock of this administration’s effort thus far and making concrete preparations for the second term in office on May 29, 2019.
“In accordance with the terms of reference, the Committee is to do the following: “To audit and determine the status of implementation of policies, programmes and projects either inherited or commenced by the out-going Administration;
“To identify and highlight the residue of works and challenges that may militate against their successful implementation;
“To prepare and produce a detailed working document that would guide the incoming Cabinet members on the direction of Government regarding policies, programmes and projects;
‘To co-opt any organization(s)/person(s) relevant towards the successful execution of the programme; and
“To make any other recommendations(s) as may be considered necessary,” he said.
He added that the team assembled will consist of the following; The Chief of Staff to the President, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Minister of Finance, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, The Hon. Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Minister of Water Resources, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, National Security Adviser, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office, The Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Member and Secretary.
“So in the next few weeks, this team will determine the current status of and performance of federal government projects and programmes relying not just on submission of various Ministries Departments and Agencies, but also on an objective assessment of experts who are already engaged on similar assessment and would be co-opted to assist in this mission.
“They will also be required to produce a detailed implementation plan based on the ERGP and on several documents, including the Next Level document.
“The plan, of course, is to be able to prepare a working document which would guide the implementation of federal government projects and programmes especially as it would be an important guide to ministers in the new Cabinet.
“It is important to note that the review of ongoing projects is already an essential activity of this government.
“In fact, the status report was presented to the Federal Executive Council by all ministers between January and May last year, and those reports now only need updating for the purposes of this committee’s work.
“Also, government plans are always guided by the manifesto of the All Progressive Congress, the basis of the promises that we made to Nigerians, and also by the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) where we try to reflect not just the annual budget, but policies and programmes and implementation plans of government. Of course, this will now be supplemented by the updates made by the party manifesto by way of the Next Level document.
This Committee will also ensure that we have objective report, very critical analysis and realistic projections, all of which will constitute clear guidelines for each cabinet minister who will focus on ensuring that we have for incoming cabinet, a clear presentation, ministry by ministry, what government needs to do, the challenges that needs to be envisaged and the implementation plan.
All of the members of the Committee will be required to work with teams of their choice. The Committee will work with a team of experts, some of which have already been engaged.
It is from this note that I formally inaugurate the Committee and charge all the members to give their assignment the devoted attention it deserves.