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LEVERAGING CHANGE FOR GROWTH AND PERFORMANCE

In today’s fast-paced changing environment, it is crucial for organizations to be flexible enough to change, in order to remain profitable and up-to-speed. Change management has always been an issue of debate amongst scholars; how can employers create suitable conditions for a successful change process

Change happens whether we want it to or not. Some people welcome change and find ways to turn the unexpected into an opportunity for growth. Others become frightened and simply react. How we handle the inevitable changes in life is key to living a life without fear. The right attitude can mean the difference between allowing unexpected life changes to keep us from achieving our goals or dealing with the changes and growing because of them. And what can employees do to get through it?

Make yourself aware that change happens: it happens in personal life, it happens in your professional life. You cannot live in the past, so denying that change could occur only makes things more complicated.

GIFMIS project is a major change effort by the Federal government in its efforts to tackle the deep-seated risks to macroeconomic and fiscal stability and to address key sources of economic inefficiency. It is a change that is based on two powerful foundation assumptions: high involvement and a systemic approach to improvement. High involvement means engaging the people in changing their own system.It is systemic because there is a conscious choice to include the people, functions and ideas that can affect or be affected by the GIFMIS process .Whole system change methods help you initiate high-leverage, sustainable improvements in governance and organizations. “High-leverage” is emphasized because in any improvement effort, we want the highest possible value for the effort invested. We believe that involving people in a systematic way is a key to high leverage and that the methods adopted in GIFMIS process helps to providing the know-how and empower people in the doing.

It is so because if one explores amazing transformations around the world; one will find examples of innovation, involvement, participation, resilience, and abundant energy driven by people committed to seeing a batter system in their environment.

Change is tough for organizations, and helping people navigate through change takes a special kind of person. There are of course leaders that need to champion and sponsor change. But there are also people that need to actually manage the change and help people in the organization work through the transition. In the case of GIFMIS, besides the sponsors, the Project managers, the consultants, it is also the users’ special responsibility to champion this noble cause. It is our business, it is our responsibility and it is our duty for our customers, our Nation and the children yet unborn.

There is a lot of hard work involved in helping people in an organization change with the way they work. We will discuss this in characteristics of great change managers in our next article.

Meanwhile, think about how GIFMIS can and should work; not how it cannot work.

GIFMIS IS LIVE - April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012 started like any other day, however, tension and anxiety was in the air. It was the Go live day for the implementation of the GIFMIS software. Many did not know what to expect, some were expecting an event others were asking “when will we see this go live?”

The GIFMIS Go live was a series of activities which commenced at 8.30am with a Preliminary Data Center checkcarried out by the Director PR&IT of the OAGF. After that the Primary Data center checklist was completed in the presence of the AGF, the Director PR &IT, the GIFMIS Project Manager and others.

The next port of call was the Consolidated Accounts department where the Ag. Director commenced the epoch making event with the opening of the first GIFMIS accounting period at 1.30 pm.

The next day witnessed the creation of the first GIFMIS cash plan by the Deputy Director Funds while the Director Expenditure (Funds) reviewed it. There was so much buzz and excitement during the process but this could not be compared to that of the approval of the GIFMIS first cash plan at the office of the AGF later in the evening.

The AGF, Mr J.O Otunla congratulated all present and said history was being made and that the implementation of GIFMIS had become a reality. He said the implementation of the system was going to reform the public financial management in the country. He finally advised the GIFMIS team not to give up even in the midst of challenges because it is a reform project.

After the approval there were a lot of back end processes such as confirmation of end users, connectivity and user login for the Budget office.

The final stop was the budget office where the first GIFMIS warrant was created, reviewed and was approvedby the DG Budget office, Dr Bright Okogwu.

The DG Budget who displayed excellent knowledge of the system approved the first GIFMIS Budget Warrant with this comment,” This is the pioneer use of GIFMIS to execute the warrant .Congratulations to all who worked so hard to bring it about.”

GIFMIS IS LIVE, Congratulations Federal Government of Nigeria.

GIFMIS PROJECT INDUCTS SUPPORT STAFFS

A three week training session was organised as part of the induction and orientation in preparation of the implementation of the World Bank assisted Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) project of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) for newly recruited personnel. This is in line with the FG’s goal of strengthening and improving the efficiency of public expenditure and receipts.

The induction which took place at the Treasury Academy, Orozo from  Tuesday 13, September to Friday 30, September 2011 was held for 30 Support Consultants (18 Accountants and 12 IT Support Consultants) with the facilitators comprising personnel from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), Budget Office, World Bank Consultants, the GIFMIS Project Manager and other members of the team.


The GIFMIS Project Manager, Mr Desteo Mugabi and The Training Advisor, Treasury Academy Mr Philip Omoregie welcomed the support team and stressed the need for participants to have a good understanding of the budgeting process and how GIFMIS will function. The team they said will determine the success of the project.

The training sessions included the following modules
• Organisation of the Accountant- General of the Federation (OAGF) - 
• Functions and Operation of the Administration Department of OAGF
• Financial Regulations- An Overview
• Accounting Transaction, Recording and Reporting System (ATRRS) - An Attempt at Improving Financial Reporting 
• Functions and Operation of the Consolidated Accounts Department (CAD)
• Charts of Accounts (COA) – Overview, Design and Application
• New (COA) Classification System and Public Accountability
• Transaction Recording and Reporting with the New COA
• Fraud Risks in the Treasury Management
• Treasury Single Account (TSA) - Concept, Design and Implementation
• Capacity Building for Public Financial Management- The Role of Treasury Academy
• Public Service Rules- an Overview
• Functions and Operations of Finance & Accounts Department
• The Use and Impact of Transparency Standards in Public Financial Management
• Functions and Operations of Revenue Department
• Budgeting for the Federal Government – Preparation and Execution
• Functions and Operations of the Funds Department
• Cash Management and Treasury Functions 
• Budget and Budget Reforms – The Information Technology Connection / Budget Monitoring and Evaluation
• Auditing in Treasury Function
• Functions and Operations of Audit Monitoring Department
• IPPIS – Concept and Operation/ IPPIS as a GIFMIS Module
• Helping Hands, soft skills for GIFMIS support.
• GIFMIS – Concept, Scope, Design and Implementation
• GIFMIS Support Arrangement – An Overview
• GIFMIS and the Public Financial Management Cycle
• Federal Government Budget Execution and Process with TSA
• GIFMIS System Architecture
• Duties and Roles of GIFMIS Support Personnel
• The Basic Components of GIFMIS
• GIFMIS Security Policy

The training modules were participatory with Role play, group work, discussions and individual projects. Participants were trained with the aim that they will provide adequate support for GIFMIS implementation at the various MDAs.

The high point of the induction was the evaluation of presentation skills of participants which also served as learning points for everyone.

The GIFMIS project Team welcomes the support team on board

Adebunmi Oyewunmi

GIFMIS Events

A three week training session was organised as part of the induction and orientation in preparation of the implementation of the World Bank assisted Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) project of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) for newly recruited personnel. This is in line with the FG’s goal of strengthening and improving the efficiency of public expenditure and receipts.

The induction which took place at the Treasury Academy, Orozo from  Tuesday 13, September to Friday 30, September 2011 was held for 30 Support Consultants (18 Accountants and 12 IT Support Consultants) with the facilitators comprising personnel from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), Budget Office, World Bank Consultants, the GIFMIS Project Manager and other members of the team.


The GIFMIS Project Manager, Mr Desteo Mugabi and The Training Advisor, Treasury Academy Mr Philip Omoregie welcomed the support team and stressed the need for participants to have a good understanding of the budgeting process and how GIFMIS will function. The team they said will determine the success of the project.