Luapula Province Permanent Secretary, Buleti Nsemukila, has called on Heads of Government Departments in the region to familiarise themselves with the contents of the 7th National Development Plan so that their budgets are anchored on key issues reflected in the national plan.
Dr Nsemukila said the Luapula budget should pick up key issues in the 7th National Development Plan which must be addressed in the National Budget.
He said the plan and the budget must move together and the budget must pick up issues that should render clear indicators for the province to see whether the activities being undertaken are leading to the achievement of the priorities that have been picked.
The PS explained that indicators should show where the sector is coming from, where it stands currently and where it is going because in the absence of indicators, it is difficult to measure achievements and success in any given programme.
He said every sector should come up with clear indicators for measuring achievements which will be handy in preparing meaningful annual reports.
Dr Nsemukila called for an implementation plan from every department which should be detailed in holding officers in the sectors accountable for given activities.
He added that timelines for given activities should also be clearly outlined in the implementation plan out of which a procurement plan will be drawn so that procurement procedures are done on time to avoid unnecessary audit queries.
The PS disclosed that he is committed to learning from every department on their vision, mission, objectives and challenges with and recommendations for solving the problems.