Delta To Develop Automated Project Monitoring System —Osuoza

BY CLETUS NGWODO

Following its commitment to ensuring effective project implementation, Delta State Government says plans are on to develop an integrated project monitoring information system in the state.

The commission for Special Duties (Project Monitoring), Mr. Ifeanyi Osuoza who disclosed this during a ministerial press briefing in Asaba, yesterday, said the programme will interact with the existing budgeting and payment system currently being processed through the System Application Product (SAP) system in the state.

Osuoza explained that the essence was to ensure that project monitoring starts from the budgeting process through implementation and execution before payment.

“The idea of an automated project monitoring information system (P.M.S); among other benefits, he said was to provide a basis for project documentation, evaluation and performance, adding that it will calculate cost variations when the need arises and generate both statistical and other statutory reports for effective decision making process of government”.

“The Directorate of Project Monitoring will henceforth strive to be involved from the conception of every project to its completion by way of adequate supervision and monitoring to enable Deltans get value for monies expanded in the execution of Government projects” he said.

He said as a further demonstration of its commitment to ensuring that substandard projects not in consonance with job specifications are eliminated in the State, the Directorate has procured four Hilux vans and two passports, 19 speed boats to ease transportation problems.

The Commissioner said that a total of 83 projects were inspected in the housing and work sectors in the last one year with 21 completed, 55 at the various stages of completion, 15 defective and 5 completely abandoned by the contractors.

While commending the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for the numerous assistance and support given to the Directorate which according to him, has led to the success recorded during the period, Osuoza appealed for the restoration of the prepayment valuation report to enable the Directorate achieve greater result.

Mr. Osuoza also called for greater funding of the Directorate considering the fact that its monitoring activities cut across the entire state culminating in expenditures on logistics and security among others.

He further listed some challenges facing the Directorate to include inadequate professional staff, lack of support from accepted response from award ministries/ Departments/ Agencies in requesting for report before payments for projects already executed are made and generated misgivings and resistance to organizational change and development being exhibited by contractors and stakeholders among others.