Highlight and Matters arising from Episode 217 of the SERVICOM Help Desk Radio Programme

The Episode 217 of the SERVICOM help desk Radio programme held on the 6th of June 2023, the National Coordinator, Mrs  Nnenna  Akajemeli  and  Mrs Henrietta  Okokon  of  the Public Awareness Unit  where in the studio.

The N.C congratulated the New Spokes Man of the Nigerian Customs Service and said SERVICOM will further connect with them to add value and improve services for Nigerians. Due to much cases in the studio, she was not opportune to speak on service delivery topics.

 

There were no emerging issues for SERVICOM to attend to.

Mrs Henrietta  Okokon.

Public Awareness Manager.

Highlight and Matters arising from Episode 216 of the SERVICOM Help Desk Radio Programme

The Episode 216 of the SERVICOM help desk Radio programme held on the 23 of May 2023, the Public Awareness Manager, Mrs Henrietta  Okokon  was in the studio.

She responded to the issue of Regulations and casualization in the Banking sector and thanked the Brekete Family programme for given visibility to service delivery initiative across MDA’s in the Nation.

Mrs Henrietta added that the NDIC and CBN are the actual regulators of Banking Operation/Regulations in Nigeria; we will engage them and find a lasting solution to the issues raised.

 

There were no emerging issues for SERVICOM to attend to.

Mrs Henrietta  Okokon.

Public Awareness Manager.

Highlight and Matters arising from Episode 215 of the SERVICOM Help Desk Radio Programme.

The Episode 215 of the SERVICOM help desk Radio programme held on the 16 of May 2023, the National Coordinator, Mrs  Nnenna  Akajemeli  and  Mrs Henrietta  Okokon  of  the Public Awareness Unit  where in the studio and featured Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency ( NEMSA)

Engr Ibrahim Haruna, Engr Usman Momoh , Engr Adeolu Tayo, Mrs Amah Maureen and Mrs Mildred Imoquede were all  teams  from NEMSA. Engr Ibrahim Haruna spoke on behalf of the Agency and said NEMSA was established to Police the Power industry to ensure that all technical standard and regulations are complied with for the safety of Life and  property  and We carry out technical inspection and Certification of all categories of Electrical Installations in Nigeria.

We make sure any Electrician carrying out installation of Electric Transformers and House Wiring are Certified and Qualified for that purpose before it is commissioned, Engr Ibrahim said. He adviced the general public that any electrician coming for installation in their Houses must be NEMSA Certified and this can be confirmed from our website which has all the list of Certified  electrician in the Country, he added.

When a Government organisation wants to issue out a contract regarding Electricity project, they must confirm if that company has NEMSA Certification while doing their Bidding process. For Metering, our role is to test the integrity of the Metre, Engr Ibrahim said. He further advised citizens to check their metres at home, if they don’t see NEMSA stamp on it that means it has not gone through their Certification and it can be said to be a fake metre.

Engr Usman  Momoh  said they also inspect cable lines,electrical accidents and look out for damaged or worn-out  electrical installations and Network Monitoring, he further gave out there social media handles and phone number as follows; info@nemsa.gov.ng , 07068681566.

 

There were no emerging issues for SERVICOM to attend to.

Mrs Henrietta  Okokon.

Public Awareness Manager.

Highlight and Matters arising from Episode 214 of the SERVICOM Help Desk Radio Programme

The Episode 214 of the SERVICOM help desk Radio programme held on the 09 of May 2023, the National Coordinator, Mrs  Nnenna  Akajemeli  and  Mrs Henrietta  Okokon  of  the Public Awareness Unit  where in the studio.

However, due to pressing issues in the studio they could not speak to the citizens on service delivery issues.

There were no emerging issues for SERVICOM to attend to.

Mrs Henrietta  Okokon.

Public Awareness Manager.

Highlight and Matters arising from Episode 213 of the SERVICOM Help Desk Radio Programme

The Episode 213 of the SERVICOM help desk Radio programme held on the 2nd of May 2023, the National Coordinator, Mrs  Nnenna  Akajemeli   was in the studio.

The N.C spoke on the Topic ‘’Disengagement and the feedback that comes From  it’’ she said feed and updates are crucial aspect of service delivery as this will help to measure the satisfaction level of the customers that came to take service and this will lead to great patronage of the organisation

The N.C urged citizens to look out for contact numbers when they are not satisfied and reach out to SERVICOM, She added that the SERVICOM Office calls Nodal Officers to give Quarterly Report on their activities and how they improve services in their  MDA’s , this Report will be forwarded to their CEO’s after an objective scoring with evidence to see the level of  their service delivery performance and ways of improving it.

Feedback helps an organisation gain trust and increase in visibility, the NC said. SERVICOM collects feedback from internal officers to ensure they are treated right and positioned to deliver service and this will lead to service improvement in the various Ministries Department and Agencies of Government.

 

There were no emerging issues for SERVICOM to attend to.

Mrs Henrietta  Okokon.

Public Awareness Manager.

Creating A Culture Of Accountability For Service Delivery In Government Ministries, Departments, And Agencies

Introduction

Accountability in government service delivery refers to the notion that officials and organizations within the government are accountable for making sure the services they offer are of high quality and meet citizens’ needs. This entails being open and accountable for their actions, as well as being transparent about how they use public resources.

Maintaining trust and confidence in governmental institutions depends on fostering an accountability culture within agencies. Government officials and staff are more likely to feel obligated to offer citizens efficient and effective services when there is a culture of accountability in place. Additionally, it encourages citizen participation in governmental decision-making and promotes transparency.

However, creating a culture of accountability in government agencies can be challenging, as bureaucratic red tape, resistance to change, and limited resources can all impede progress. Despite these challenges, it is crucial for government agencies to prioritize accountability in their operations in order to build trust and improve the delivery of services to citizens.

Challenges to creating a culture of accountability

Red tape and lack of transparency in government agencies are two major obstacles to establishing an accountability culture. It can be challenging for citizens to understand how decisions are made and services are provided in government organizations because these organizations frequently have complicated processes and procedures. This may result in a lack of confidence and trust in governmental institutions.

Resistance to change and accountability measures presents another obstacle to the development of an accountable culture. New accountability measures may not be well received by government workers because they may feel micromanaged or that their work is being criticized. Furthermore, some government agencies might not see the benefit of funding accountability measures and might be reluctant to fund these initiatives.

Developing an accountable culture is also difficult due to budgetary and resource limitations. It can be challenging for government organizations to invest in new technologies or systems that could enhance service delivery and accountability due to their frequently constrained budgets and resources. Additionally, government organizations might not be able to hire more personnel to oversee performance monitoring and evaluation or train staff on new accountability measures.

Despite these obstacles, it is crucial for government organizations to find solutions and make accountability a top priority in all of their activities. This can be achieved by providing opportunities for training and development for government employees, setting clear and measurable goals, and putting in place a system for tracking and evaluating performance.

Strategies for implementing a culture of accountability

One key strategy for implementing a culture of accountability in government agencies is setting clear and measurable goals for service delivery. This involves identifying specific, quantifiable targets that government agencies can work towards, such as reducing wait times for services or increasing citizen satisfaction with services. By setting clear and measurable goals, government agencies can hold themselves accountable for achieving these targets and can track their progress over time.

Another strategy for implementing a culture of accountability is establishing a system for monitoring and evaluating performance. This can include regularly collecting and analyzing data on service delivery, such as wait times or satisfaction rates. This data can then be used to identify areas where improvements can be made, and to track progress over time.

Providing training and development opportunities for government employees is also important for implementing a culture of accountability. This can include training on new accountability measures, as well as on skills such as data analysis and performance management. By providing employees with the training and resources they need, government agencies can ensure that they are equipped to deliver services effectively and efficiently.

Encouraging active participation and engagement from citizens and stakeholders is also crucial for implementing a culture of accountability. This can include soliciting feedback from citizens on service delivery, as well as involving citizens in the decision-making process. By engaging citizens and stakeholders, government agencies can ensure that services are tailored to meet the needs of the community and that they are accountable to the citizens they serve.

Finally, providing incentives and recognition for accountability and good performance can also help to implement a culture of accountability. This can include rewards such as bonuses or promotions for government employees who demonstrate accountability and excellence in their work. By providing incentives and recognition, government agencies can encourage employees to work towards achieving the agency’s goals and to deliver services effectively.

Best practices and examples of accountability in government service delivery

To understand how to implement a culture of accountability in government service delivery, it can be useful to look at best practices and examples from other government agencies and countries.

One way to do this is to examine case studies of successful accountability initiatives in government agencies. These case studies can provide valuable insights into the strategies and tactics that have been effective in promoting accountability and improving service delivery. For example, a government agency might have implemented a citizen feedback system that has led to improvements in the quality of services. Another agency might have implemented a performance management system that has helped to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Another way to learn from other government agencies and countries is to look at examples of how accountability measures have been implemented in the public sector. For instance, some countries have implemented independent oversight bodies to monitor and evaluate government performance. Other countries have implemented e-governance systems to increase transparency and accountability in service delivery. By studying these examples, government agencies can identify strategies and approaches that might be applicable to their own context.

Overall, by studying best practices and examples of accountability in government service delivery, government agencies can gain valuable insights into the strategies and tactics that can be used to create a culture of accountability and improve service delivery.

Conclusion

In conclusion, accountability in government service delivery is essential for maintaining trust and confidence in government institutions. A culture of accountability fosters a sense of responsibility among government officials and employees to provide efficient and effective services to citizens. It also promotes transparency and encourages citizen participation in government decision-making.

However, creating a culture of accountability in government agencies can be challenging, as bureaucratic red tape, resistance to change, and limited resources can all impede progress. Despite these challenges, it is crucial for government agencies to prioritize accountability in their operations in order to build trust and improve the delivery of services to citizens.

In this blog, we discussed the importance of creating a culture of accountability in government service delivery, the challenges faced in creating such culture, and strategies and best practices that can be adopted to implement a culture of accountability.

In light of this, we call on government agencies to prioritize accountability in their operations. By setting clear and measurable goals, establishing a system for monitoring and evaluating performance, providing training and development opportunities for government employees, encouraging active participation and engagement from citizens and stakeholders, and providing incentives and recognition for accountability and good performance, government agencies can create a culture of accountability and improve the delivery of services to citizens.

In the long run, creating a culture of accountability will benefit both citizens and government agencies. Citizens will have better access to high-quality services and government agencies will have the ability to improve their operations, to be more efficient, to be more transparent and to be more responsive to the needs of citizens.

The Role of Technology in Improving Service Delivery in Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies

Technology has transformed the way we live and work, and government organizations are no exception. In this post, we will look at how technology can help government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies improve service delivery (MDAs).

Introduction

The delivery of services to citizens is a crucial function of government organizations, and technology has the potential to significantly enhance this function. Technology can assist governmental organizations in becoming more effective, efficient, and receptive to the needs of the public, from e-government services to the automation of processes.

The role of technology in improving service delivery

Making it simpler for citizens to access services is one of the key ways technology can improve service delivery in government organizations. Citizens can access government services from anywhere and at any time thanks to e-government services like online portals and mobile apps. Citizens who live in rural areas or who have accessibility or mobility issues may find this to be especially helpful.

Government agencies can automate procedures with the aid of technology, which can result in significant cost savings and increased productivity. Processes like data entry, document management, and workflow management can all be automated to significantly cut down on the time and resources needed to deliver services.

Technology can also assist government agencies in better understanding the needs and preferences of the general public. MDAs can learn a great deal about the services that citizens use most frequently and the areas where improvements are required by analyzing data gathered through e-government services. This can aid in decision-making and raise the general caliber of the services offered.

Conclusion

In conclusion, technology is crucial to enhancing the quality of service provided by government agencies. Technology can help government organizations be more effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of citizens by facilitating citizen access to services, automating procedures, and offering insightful data on citizens’ needs and wants.

 

 

Creating a Customer-Centric Culture in Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in Nigeria

Introduction

Creating a customer-centric culture in government organizations is essential for delivering quality services to citizens. But, as we all know, it’s not always easy for government agencies to put citizens first. Bureaucracy, red tape, and politics can all make it difficult for leaders to focus on the needs of their customers. However, by creating a customer-centric culture, government organizations can improve their operations, increase efficiency, and ultimately better serve the public. In this post, we’re going to explore how to create a customer-centric culture in government ministries, departments, and agencies, and share some actionable tips for leaders looking to put citizens at the forefront of their operations.

 

Understanding the needs of the customers

Creating a customer-centric culture begins with understanding your customers and their needs. This means actively listening to their feedback, tracking their satisfaction levels, and regularly surveying them to gauge their experiences with your organization. By gathering this data and analyzing it, leaders can gain a better understanding of what their customers want and need, and use that information to inform their decision-making.

One key way to gather this data is by implementing customer relationship management (CRM) systems. These systems allow government organizations to track and analyze customer interactions, feedback, and preferences, providing insight into customer needs and desires. This information can then be used to improve services and tailor them to the specific needs of the citizens being served. By understanding the needs of their customers, government organizations can create services that are more efficient and effective, ultimately leading to improved satisfaction among citizens.

 

 

Action steps needed

But it’s not just about listening to your customers, it’s also about acting on their feedback. Government leaders need to be able to work with other leaders in the public sector to understand the needs of their customers, and build strong relationships and partnerships. This means involving customers in the decision-making process, being transparent about the changes being made, and continuously seeking feedback to ensure that their needs are being met.

Another key aspect of creating a customer-centric culture is fostering a culture of accountability. Government leaders must be able to hold their staff and organizations accountable for their actions, and be willing to make difficult decisions when necessary. This means creating clear performance metrics, regularly monitoring progress, and holding staff accountable for meeting customer service standards. By holding staff accountable for their actions, government organizations can improve their operations, increase efficiency, and ultimately better serve the public.

Leadership plays a crucial role in creating a customer-centric culture. Leaders must be able to create a vision for customer service excellence, communicate it effectively to their staff, and inspire them to buy into the vision. They must also lead by example, and demonstrate their commitment to customer service by taking the lead in customer interactions. By leading by example, leaders can create a culture of customer-centricity, where staff understand the importance of putting citizens first.

 

Conclusion:

Creating a customer-centric culture in government ministries, departments, and agencies is crucial for delivering quality services to citizens. It’s not always easy, but with the right mindset and approach, you can make a real difference. Remember, it’s all about putting the needs of your customers at the center of everything you do, understanding their pain points, and acting on their feedback. It takes time and consistent effort to change the culture of an organization, but it is worth it. By putting customers first, government organizations can improve their operations, increase efficiency, and ultimately better serve the public.

 

References:

Creating a Customer-Centric Culture in Government Organizations” by Deloitte

“How to Build a Customer-Centric Culture in Government” by Harvard Business Review

“Creating a Customer-Centric Culture in Public Sector Organizations” by McKinsey

The Role of Leadership in Driving Quality Service Delivery in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies

Introduction

Quality service delivery is a critical aspect of any government Ministry, Department and Agency as it directly impacts the satisfaction and trust of citizens. As such, leadership plays a crucial role in driving and maintaining quality service delivery in government agencies. In this blog post, we will explore the various ways in which leadership can impact service delivery and the steps that leaders can take to ensure that their agencies are delivering services to the highest standards.

 

Leadership and Organizational Culture

One of the most significant ways in which leadership impacts service delivery is through the creation of an organizational culture that values and prioritizes service quality. A positive and service-oriented culture can encourage employees to go above and beyond in their efforts to provide excellent service to citizens. On the other hand, a negative or apathetic culture can lead to poor service delivery and low employee engagement.

Leaders can promote a positive culture by setting clear service delivery expectations, recognizing and rewarding employees for excellent service, and leading by example. They can also work to remove any barriers or obstacles that may be preventing employees from providing the highest quality service.

 

Clear Expectations and Accountability

Leaders also play a crucial role in setting clear expectations and holding employees accountable for service delivery. This includes setting specific goals and targets for service delivery, as well as providing the necessary resources and support for employees to meet these expectations.

Leaders must also ensure that employees have the necessary training and development opportunities to perform their jobs effectively. By providing employees with the tools and resources they need to succeed, leaders can help to ensure that service delivery is of the highest quality.

Leadership also plays a critical role in ensuring that employees are held accountable for their actions and that there are clear consequences for poor service delivery. This helps to ensure that employees understand the importance of service quality and are motivated to improve.

Communication and Feedback

 

Effective communication and feedback are also vital components of quality service delivery. Leaders must ensure that there are clear channels of communication between employees, management, and citizens. This includes providing employees with regular feedback on their performance and encouraging them to provide feedback to management as well.

Leaders can also use communication channels to share information about service delivery performance with citizens, allowing them to see the progress being made and to provide feedback on areas for improvement.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, leadership plays a critical role in driving quality service delivery in government agencies. By creating a positive organizational culture, setting clear expectations and holding employees accountable, providing the necessary resources and support, and effective communication and feedback, leaders can help to ensure that their agencies are providing citizens with the highest quality service. By focusing on these key areas, leaders can work to build trust and satisfaction among citizens, and ultimately help to improve the overall effectiveness of government service delivery.

By Mfon Iniunam

Photos from the recently concluded SERVICOM breakfast meeting with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (Phase three)