In Delta State, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has announced the implementation of a performance bond that commissioners in his administration will be required to sign.
The signing of this bond will take place during the State 2023 Executive Council retreat scheduled to be held in Asaba.
The performance bond will include Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and serve as a means of holding ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) accountable for their actions. The governor believes that this initiative is necessary to ensure that government MDAs align their programs and activities with the administration’s policy focus.
During the retreat, themed “Delivering the M.O.R.E. Agenda for Advancing Delta: Strategies Enablers,” the commissioners will be expected to sign the performance bond. Governor Oborevwori has clarified that the purpose of this bond is not to intimidate anyone but rather to motivate commissioners to remain focused on achieving the established deliverables.
However, some commissioners have expressed concerns and lack trust in the intentions behind the performance bond requirement. Speaking anonymously, one commissioner suggested that the bond might be targeting those who were nominated or viewed as being imposed by previous governors and the party. There are worries that signing the bond could be a way to facilitate an easy exit for such commissioners.
Governor Oborevwori has emphasized that the implementation of key performance indicators will enable the administration to measure its progress based on set timelines and benchmarks for success. This approach aims to enhance government efficiency, promote accountability within MDAs, and ensure the judicious use of resources. The governor also emphasized the importance of constant monitoring, feedback, and evaluation of projects under the jurisdiction of MDAs to achieve the stated goals of the administration.