Source:savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
Twenty six (26) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Northern region have signed a performance contract with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development today at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, Tamale.
The Performance Contract is a key tool in the implementation of the Performance Management System (PMS) that seeks to create an avenue for the achievement of the set objectives and targets within a specific period of time.
The Performance Contract is also a systematic process for improving of performance across all boards by developing the individual, staff and teams to enhance the productivity of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
Some of the key areas of the Performance Contract indicators include General Administration, Human Resource Management, Financial Management and Reporting, Infrastructure, Social Services, Economic Development and Environment and Sanitation.
Some weeks ago, Regional Ministers and Chief Directors signed their Performance Contract in Accra.
The Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Saeed supervised the signing said, the performance Contracts are expected to help develop competences, create job satisfaction and achieve full potentials of all staff in the district and the service at large.
“I believed this is a clear indication of the aspiration the Local Government Service that the PMS will ensure that there is an efficient and effective system for planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of performance of employees”. He stated
He said, the MMDAs are the wheels of development of the country and therefore “we must seek what is best for their effective functioning”.
The Northern Minister urged MMDAs to take the Performance Contract seriously and commit themselves to achieve the targets.
“At the same time Chief Executives also have a responsibility to support Co-ordinating Directors to achieve the targets set. MMDCEs should also see the achievement of targets as one that will enhance the overall functioning of the Assembly. Therefore these contracts must be sign as one that calls for team work by all departments of the Assembly under leadership of the Chief Executive”. He said
Hon Saeed tasked MMCEs to periodically monitor the accomplishment of the targets to enable them make fine-tune their targets before the end of the contract.
The Northern Regional Minister urged the MMDAs not see the Performance Contract as mere administrative requirements but a binding social contract that has a direct bearing on the implementation of various government flagship programmes including the 1 village 1 dam, 1 Factory 1 constituency, 1 million dollars 1 constituency and among others. “All these required an efficient and effective administration set up”. He added
“As a government we are in a hurry to deliver and all aspects of the public service will be required to work effectively to assist Government”.
The Director PMU at the Head of Local Government Service, Mrs Lena Otoo said, the Performance Contract is a new milestone for an exclusive decentralization process in the country, saying the indicators use previous has change.
According to her, the Local Government service have revised the previous one and came out with the new Performance Contract indicators.
She revealed that, the earlier performance indicators were revised to reflect the current status of decentralization, “now the decentralize departments you have are now integrated, so they are full departments of the Assembly”.
Mrs. Otoo urged decentralized department of the Assemblies to perform creditable to be able to achieve the targets set, saying that, the Performance Contract are supposed to be based on the Assembly’s annual planning.
She therefore encourages MMDCEs and their Coordinating Directors to engage all staffs of the Assembly including, Assembly members and civil society groups to deepen the decentralization government.