Says he won?t witch-hunt any official. | By Grace Joe

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday, signed performance agreements with all the ministers in his cabinet.

This is even as he assured them that this was not meant to witch-hunt anyone but to enhance performance, transparency and accountability in governance.

The President gave the assurance in his remark at a short contract signing ceremony which took place at the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.

The Performance Contract System, which is expected to be reviewed with the President every six months, was developed by the Ministry of National Planning

?There have been all kinds of speculations about this exercise. It is important to state what it is and what it is not. I want to assure every one of you who has taken part in the exercise that this is not meant to witch-hunt anybody,” Jonathan said.

?I have read all kinds of things in the media that President wants to assess the Ministers so that he will know who will go and who will stay; that is not the purpose of this. We would have done it probably the first week when we came on board. The key thing is that we have given ourselves points that we think we will get at. We believe that if we get at those points or if we achieve 70 per cent, it will be better off for our own country.

?It is to remind all of us, from President to Directors General, to Advisers and other aides, that we are representatives of the Nigerian people, and we are accountable to them at all times. I had stated clearly during the inauguration of the Federal Executive Council that Ministers are expected to be accountable, productive, and transparent and focused.?

Jonathan said he and the Vice President would also develop performance indicators, noting that ?it gives all of us targets and you can assess yourself whether you are really achieving that target. You will not depend on what the newspapers will want to write, because the media today is highly politicised?.

According to him, since the citizenry expected the government to be more proactive and effective in its actions, the performance contract signed by each Minister will help in achieving the government?s mandate to the citizens, as well as the Transformation Agenda.

Stressing the importance of the concept, the President said it will assist in delivering quality and timely services to the citizenry, improve productivity and instill a greater sense of accountability for effective service delivery.

He, therefore, charged the Minister to go beyond ?the periodic Ministerial Press briefings, by continuing ?to set targets for ourselves?. 

Before the signing of the agreement with the President, the Minister of National Planning, Dr. Samsudeen Usman, had made a detailed presentation on the Performance Contract System, informing that he had held sessions with each Minister to develop performance indicators as it affects their respective ministries.

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