Murtala Mohammed
Murtala Mohammed

Ministerial appraisal team to assess performance of all sector ministers has started work at the Flagstaff House on Monday.

Briefing journalists at the presidency, Deputy Minister of Information and Media Relations, Murtala Mohammed said the assessment will be based on targets presented by the ministers and sanctioned by the presidency in line with the vision of President Mahama. The targets were also in line with the 2013 budget and the 2012 manifesto of the ruling National Democratic Congress.

He explained that what have been submitted by the Ministers are reports on what they have been able to achieve in the year 2013.

He said President John Mahama and his advisors would go through the report ?based on what they themselves (ministers) submitted?.

Murtala Mohamed said details of their presentations will be made public.

But the Programmes Officer at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Dr. Franklin Oduro has called for the involvement of the public in the President’s exercise of assessing his ministers at the end of the year.

This, he noted, would allow for transparency and public ownership of the process which will ensure that the right results and targets are met.

Dr. Oduro was reacting?to the President’s intended appraisal exercise of his ministers and how best it must be handled to ensure that the president gets results that reflect the true performance of his ministers.

According to him, the involvement of the public in the exercise will ensure that reports presented by ministers will be the true reflection of what is on the ground.

“I think for every appraisal process, there should be a means of verification to authenticate the degree that the information the person delivers is actually a true information which the evaluation is based on”.

Describing the exercise as a “good thing” and commended the president for taking the initiative, ?the Programmes Officer at CDD noted that it is important to always evaluate and assess the strength and weaknesses of?the ministers in order to bring them in line with the president’s vision.

He further pointed out that if ministers are to submit reports to the president, then it presupposes that there are certain indicators that the president will want them to report on.

Dr. Oduro is of the conviction that the appraisal system?will not be punitive and will not lead to the sacking of any minister for low performances. It will rather?identify the strength and weaknesses of each minister in order to improve on performances and to achieve goals.

According to the Deputy Information Minister, from tomorrow, December 17, the appraisal team will deal with the sectors, one after the other, depending on the presentations that were made and the achievements of each of the ministries and agencies.

Meanwhile, Deputy Information and Media Relations minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu noted that the performance appraisal followed from a lengthy process of engagement between the presidency, on one hand, and the ministers and other public officials on the other hand.

Source Myjoyonline

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