Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Federal Government okays new public sector’s performance management system (PMS).

Supervising Minister of National Planning Commission, Amb Bashir Yuguda
The Federal Government has adopted a new performance management system in the public service as a means of promoting good governance and achieving effective service delivery.

The adoption of the harmonised version, according to a statement from the Ministry of National Planning  followed the presentation of the report of the tripartite committee comprising National Planning Commission, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Federal Civil Service Commission.

The committee which worked on the harmonisation of the performance management system framework had observed the lack of comprehensive performance management system and inherent weaknesses in the current structure.

One of them is the non-alignment of performance appraisal to both federal public service and national objectives and goals.

Also, there was also no clearly defined national performance measures for public understanding of service delivery outcomes and also the absence of Monitoring and Evaluation system to cross check institutional and developmental performance

In the statement issued on Wednesday, the Supervising Minister of National Planning Commission, Amb Bashir Yuguda said that the new PMS seeks to provide a platform for continuous enhancement of performance with regards to national development programmes within the sectoral, institutional and individual levels.

This, will help to ensure transparency and accountability in government activities as well as discourage the ‘business as usual attitude’ of government officials.

It will also provide a basis for heads of parastatal to commit themselves to timelines and specific deliverables in the implementation of budgets and other government policies every year.

It said, “The idea of the PMS is to support the transformation of the Federal Public Service by developing the structures, processes and procedures for managing result oriented performance at the sectoral, institutional and individual levels within the Federal Public Service.

“Consequently, the performance contract as designed, was cascaded down to between Ministers and their Permanent Secretaries and also between Permanent Secretaries and Directors in all federal MDAs.”

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