President signs performance contracts with ministers
With complaints about poor implementation of past budgets, especially the 2012 budget the Nigerian Government has come up with performance contracts for all Ministers and senior officials.
Today President Goodluck Jonathan will sign performance contracts with each of his ministers and they in turn will sign similar contracts with their permanent secretaries, directors and heads of government agencies.
The contracts have been drawn up by the Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the National Planning Commission and will result in twice yearly reviews. The contracts are a mixture of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which must be met and other targets which are ministry specific. This Day newspaper quotes the example of the health minister who will be judged by the reduction in maternal and child mortality rates rather than how he spends his budget. The contracts will also contain specific timelines and deliverables by which the office holder will be judged.
The government has not said how the performance will be evaluated or whether there will be league tables between ministries with poor performers being penalised in some way.