Policy experts, editors drum support for SGF Akume on performance

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume, has been urged to remain focused and steadfast in the task of ensuring optimum public policy implementation and performance under the present administration.

This call was made by a group known as Citizens Media and Development Network (CIMEDEN), a not-for-profit civil society organisation made up of editors and policy experts that focuses on public policy, democracy and governance, and media sector development advocacy during its Public Policy Review Meeting (PPRM) in Abuja Wednesday.

In a press statement signed by the programme officer, Mr. Elijah Elims on behalf of the director of CIMEDEN, the group said it was ready to support and partner with the SGF because, “The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) and its performance are central and critical to the good governance and development strategy of the country.

“As the engine room of government, it is the coordinator and driver of government policies and programmes; which is why the recent appointment of Senator George Akume by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is of immense significance to the successful implementation of socio-economic plans for the development of the country.”

Continuing, the group said: “We believe in the competence and capacity of Senator George Akume to deliver on his task. In line with our advocacy focus of public policy communication, we are ready to partner with the Office of the SGF with a view to highlighting the policies and programmes of government, engage in public education and enlightenment in order to create a civic link with the citizens who are the targeted beneficiaries.”

Furthermore, CIMEDEN called on government to “promote partnership with the civil society organisations” because according to the statement, “no government can develop any country or society without the active cooperation of the citizens, especially members of the civil society.

“The need to communicate government policies and programmes to the citizens is as important as the need for the government to get feedback from the people. Thus, this public-private synergy is very imperative.”