The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has commended the state civil servants for their resilience and willingness to work for the good of the state regardless of the current economic challenges.

Addressing top echelon of the state bureaucracy at the flag-off of the implementation of State Integrated Financial Management Information System,  SIFMIS, Project in Akure, Governor Akeredolu described the state civil servants as some of the most hardworking and dedicated workers in the country.

“The process and progress made so far in the project has further reinforced my pride in Ondo State civil servants. SIFMIS will support capacity building efforts aimed at erecting an institutional framework for the public service in compliance with world best global practice”.

“Achieving this will further build on our existing relationships with local and international development partners as well as potential local and international investors,” the governor stated.

Arakunrin Akeredolu expressed optimism that the project would change the state procurement processes,  accounting procedures, human resources management and improve significantly the Internally Generated Revenue profile of the state for the wellbeing of citizens of the Sunshine State.

Earlier, Mr Laolu Akindolire, the state Accountant General, said SIFMIS would facilitate complete and timely exchange of data and information among ministries, departments and agencies.

He added that, “in order to strengthen the workforce and bring about efficient service delivery, the State Government with the support of the World Bank had embarked on the reform of its public sector”.

SIFMIS being one of the sub components of the reform under the  auspices of the Ondo State Public Sector Governance Reform Project, “is the warehouse of data for all government business processes.”

“It is aimed at improving revenue generation, allocation, utilization and financial reporting of public financial resources automated and integrated, effective, efficient information management system.

“SIFMIS will also aid strategic management of public financial resources for enhanced accountability, transparency, a cost effective public service delivery, economic growth and poverty reduction efforts,” the Accountant General said.

The State Integrated Financial Management Information System, SIFMIS, has the State Governor as the Chairman of the Steering Committee and the Accountant General as Secretary.