Workers’ attitude worries Msiska

SECRETARY to the Cabinet Roland Msiska says lack of understanding, adherence to procedure and responsibilities among civil servants in various Government departments has adversely affected the implementation of development programmes.
Dr Msiska said implementation of Government programmes largely depend on clear understanding of roles and responsibilities that civil servants should play.
“In the past, implementation of good Government programmes had either failed or lagged due to lack of information about Government systems, operations and values,” he said.
Dr Msiska was speaking in Kitwe yesterday during the official opening of an induction programme for district commissioners from Northern, Copperbelt, Western, Luapula and North-Western provinces.
He said it is important for district commissioners to understand Government systems and procedures to avoid mistrust and friction with the technocrats working in the civil service.
Dr Msiska said district commissioners are civil servants who are supposed to acquaint themselves with Government systems and procedures.
He said Government has embarked on induction workshops for district commissioners to improve performance and for efficient delivery of services to the people.
Dr Msiska said civil servants at district level are cardinal because they are responsible for overseeing the coordination and monitoring of projects that Government implements to improve the lives of the people.
He also said Government has established a National School of Government (NSG) where civil servants can undergo training and re-orientation in various Government programmes and systems to enhance productivity in the civil service.
Mr Msiska said civil servants are expected to understand and articulate the aspirations of the government as highlighted in the Patriotic Front (PF) manifesto and the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP).
He said Government is aware of the numerous challenges district commissioners face in executing their duties and it is making efforts to address them.
Mr Msiska commended the district commissioners for the role they have continued to play in fostering national development.

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