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Letangule calls for prudence in project management


The push for effective management of public resources has gathered momentum as concerns grow over irregular use of funds which often threatens the implementation of projects that could benefit the citizenry. The Director of Kenya School of Government, Baringo Campus, Dr. Solomon Letangule, roots for the need to develop effective monitoring and evaluation systems that assess how set targets are being achieved.

“I advocate for adoption of a result-based management approach in the implementation of public projects. In this approach, the focus is on results and not activities. This methodology settles on what was achieved rather than what was done,” Dr. Letangule said. According to him, gone are the days when project management focused on processes. The director was quick to add that citizens must feel tangible results of projects implemented in the country.

“When public officers implement what is learnt, Kenya is poised to achieve development set goals. Let us break from the mental chains that prevent us from being free. We must also shun classical conditioning and trend analysis that make us to have a closed mind,” said Dr. Letangule.

Dr. Letangule made these remarks during his key note address on emerging issues in the public sector, when he took note of the Big Four agenda terming it a brilliant idea that, if implemented well, will turn around Kenya’s socio-economic status. “We advocate for zero tolerance of mismanagement of resources advanced for the implementation of projects in the country. There is need for institutions to align their commitments to government priorities to improve the lives of citizens,” he added.

Dr. Letangule observed that the public sector stands a better chance to benefit from a wealth of ideas among its employees compared to the private sector. He called upon the officers to implement what they learn to enable the government to improve lives of citizens. According to him, continuous learning and willingness to learn enhances improvement. The director challenged the officers to seize the training opportunity meant to boost their knowledge with a compelling message: “My career progression is also part of my job description. If you internalize that fact you will go far,” concluded Dr. Letangule.

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