Transition committee outlines one-year plan for Mbah
•Wants MDAs trimmed, land registry digitised
Transition Committee, established by the Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, to advise his administration on implementable and impactful programmes drawn from his campaign manifesto, has recommended a one-year plan.
This entails a sector-by-sector target of his government for the next one year.
In the area of water resources, the committee stressed that the Mbah administration should “restore potable water by creating Rehabilitated Distribution Systems/20,000m3 Storage Terminal Tank.
This, according to the committee, would ensure disconnection of all illegal connections to the Ogwojo Reservoir, as well as accurate billing revenue generation regarding supplies to domestic, industrial and commercial institutions.
To improve supporting public institutions, such as the public service, security and judiciary, the committee recommended that government should, within a year, run effective and lean government by reducing the number of ministries from 25 to 17.
It advised the state government to retain only special advisers with clear mandate, and scrap comatose Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The committee also emphasised performance and review based on established priorities and key performance indicators.
It also recommended that government should ensure that local council governance system starts functioning as provided in the 1999 Constitution, as amended, Enugu State Local Government (LG) Law, as amended, financial memorandum and other applicable laws and policy documents.
The Mbah administration was advised to restore the six-day commercial/trading week and five-day working week to allow government employees return to work on Mondays, mop up small arms and ammunition by paying cash for and destroying them.
It noted that this would also entail enhancing the capacity of security architecture by providing logistics, equipment and intelligence.
The committee recommended that government digitises the Ministry of Lands and automate the land registry in line with the Geographic Information System (GIS), develop and implement a new model for installing and maintaining streetlights in urban and rural areas.
The document also showed that the administration is expected to, within one year, identify and designate new urban centres within the three senatorial zones.
On sound environment and sanitation, the Mbah administration is equally expected to develop a private sector driven solid waste management strategy, roll out new plants and equipment, waste bins, and collection points, as well as well-trained and motivated staff in Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA), including private sector contractors and partners.
According to the committee’s recommendation, the Mbah administration would be expected to also identify an ideal location and establish a permanent sanitary landfill in a revamped master plan in one year.