The government has presented 25 vehicles and 24 motorbikes to four public institutions to facilitate their work as well as assist them improve on their performance.
The vehicles were procured with funds secured from the World Bank for the Public Sector Reform for Results Project (PSRRP) .
Entities that are to benefit from the donation are the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, the Office of the Senior Minister and the Births and Deaths Registry.
The DVLA received six mini buses while the Births and Deaths Registry got 10 pickups and 23 motorbikes, with the Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry and the Senior Minister’s Office receiving four and five vehicles each.
The PSRRP is a government initiative to support the implementation of the National Public Sector Reform Strategy.
The project aims to assist 16 selected ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) improve on their efficiency and accountability in the delivery of key public services to the citizenry and firms.
At a presentation ceremony in Accra yesterday, the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, said the government’s donation was a significant milestone in the implementation process of the PSRRP.
He said the logistics support would make the public sector responsive, efficient and effective in its service delivery programmes.
“The people and the private sector expect the public sector to be more responsive to their needs. How quickly public services are delivered, how citizens and firms are able to convert their needs into opportunities and whether the government, through the public sector, is responsive to their needs are key to increasing economic growth,” Mr Osafo-Maafo said
The senior minister also said the World Bank, in collaboration with his office, had also procured other equipment and undergone major consultancy services all in a bid to hasten services delivery in the public sector.
Revamping the public sector
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Public Sector Reforms, Mr Kusi Boafo, said several attempts had been made over the years to improve upon public services rendered to citizens of the country and civic institutions.
He said through those attempts the government had become more self-assured in its determination to improve institutions in the public sector so they could provide timely and efficient services.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, for his part, said the vehicles would help enhance the ministry’s monitoring and data collection activities in the field as it was responsible for the third component of the PSRRP.
That component, he said, focused on monitoring and evaluation activities across the government sector for purposes of strengthening institutional capacity and promoting results-based stakeholder engagements.
According to Dr Osei, the ministry was on track towards achieving objectives set under the component.