Lagos civil servants make history, write Nigeria’s first authoritative book on public sector

A group of civil servants in Lagos State have completed a major research work on how to enhance the public sector with special focus on getting value for money expended on programmes and projects, and are set to publicly unveil the painstaking effort already documented as a book titled: “Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Processes in the Public Sector: Spotlight on Lagos, Nigeria.”

A group of civil servants in Lagos State have completed a major research work on how to enhance the public sector with special focus on getting value for money expended on programmes and projects, and are set to publicly unveil the painstaking effort already documented as a book titled: “Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Processes in the Public Sector: Spotlight on Lagos, Nigeria.”

The book, which is Nigeria’s first authoritative research work on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) in the public sector, was jointly written by Dr John Ekundayo, Mr Joel Olabode Subuloye, Mrs Afusat Omorinade Lawal and Mr Olumide Oladipupo – all of the Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget.

The treatise is not only apt but also timely coming at a time most economies of sub-national and national Governments are currently endangered through the ravaging #Covid19 pandemic and other socio – economic and political constraints cum challenges of this season.

According to details of the book, the dire need confronting governments globally is getting value for money expended on programmes and projects. Hence, it is high time modern tools were deployed through effective and efficient practice of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) to monitor and measure results.

This book, written by seasoned professionals practising MEL in the public sector within the context of Lagos and Nigeria, squarely, succinctly and saliently espouse to students, scholars, professionals, top level management, political office holders, researchers, evaluators, among others, the crucial and core ingredients of MEL needed to be measured, mixed and matched to ensure and sustain value for money.

The book has also been plainly and lucidly written for all to comprehend and apply the contents within any given context in the public or private sector, particularly the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which need the MEL content to thrive in dealing with partners and donors globally.

The book is set for public launch on January 29, 2021 at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja as part of activities to mark the retirement of the lead author, Dr Ekundayo from the Lagos State Civil Service.

About the Authors…

DR. EKUNDAYO, John M. O is a registered civil engineer turned organizational management and leadership researcher and consultant. He is a native of Ido – Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria and attended Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure where he passed out with a Grade One Distinction in 1980 and a first degree from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria graduating in 1985. He holds a Master degree in Organizational Leadership from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and a PhD in Management by Research from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ekundayo JMO has up to three decades’ experience in the practice of Civil Engineering Design, Supervision, Construction, Project Management, Marketing, Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in Nigeria, Singapore and Malaysia. He has served as Director, Monitoring and Evaluation in Lagos State for upward of 6 years overseeing on an annual basis up to 2,000 programmes and projects. He has participated in many seminars, conferences and workshops nationally and internationally including RIPA-UK, SPARC-DFID and the World Bank. Engr. (Dr.) J. M. O. Ekundayo is married to Mrs. Mary Anikeola Ekundayo and the union is blessed with children and grandchildren. Dr. Ekundayo, John M. O. can be contacted through: +2348155262360 (sms only) or his email: drjmoekundayo@hotmail.com.

MR. SUBULOYE, Olabode Joel is a seasoned Administrator cum Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Practitioner. He is a native of Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria. He attended both Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo, Osun State and Wesley College of Science, Elekuro, Ibadan, Oyo State. He graduated from The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo State with Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in 2004 and proceeded to University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos in 2005 where he graduated with honours in Business Administration in 2009. ‘Bode Subuloye also obtained Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Business Administration with Specialization in Organisational Behaviour from the same University in 2014. He is a Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN). Presently, Joel Olabode Subuloye is a staff of Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Lagos State where he has been practicing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) since he joined the service of the State. He was awarded the best Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (Senior Category) in 2019 by the Ministry. Joel Olabode Subuloye loves reading, writing, travelling, watching and playing Soccer. He is married and blessed with a kid. He can be contacted through his email: subuloyebode@gmail.com.

MRS. LAWAL, A. Omorinade holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics, and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Human Resources Management. She has private sector background in the Financial and Communication Sectors. Currently, she works as a Planning Officer with Lagos State Government, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget (Monitoring and Evaluation Department) where she has been practicing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). She has attended Courses and Workshops on Monitoring and Evaluation such as Monitoring and Evaluation for effective service delivery organised for Officials of the Public and Private Sector by the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan among others. She is from Lagos State. She is happily married with children. She can be contacted through her email: hafsatlawal11@hotmail.com.

MR. OLADIPUPO, Olumide is a Senior Planning Officer and a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Practitioner who presently works in the Monitoring & Evaluation Department, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Lagos State Government. He has the knowledge of project management procedures and processes.

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