In a bold move aimed at fostering accountability and efficiency within the Delta State administration, Governor Sheriff Oborevwori has introduced a performance bond that requires each commissioner to sign. This announcement was made during the State 2023 Executive Council retreat held in Asaba, where the governor emphasized the need for aligning government programs with the administration’s policy focus.
The performance bond, which includes Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), is designed to hold ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) accountable for their actions and decisions. Governor Oborevwori stressed the importance of the retreat, themed “Delivering the M.O.R.E. Agenda for Advancing Delta: Strategies Enablers,” as a crucial step in ensuring that government entities are working in tandem with the administration’s goals.
During the retreat, the commissioners were expected to sign the performance bond, a move that was explained by the governor as a means to motivate and focus the commissioners on achieving the established deliverables. However, this has raised concerns among some commissioners who fear that the intent behind the performance bond may not be entirely transparent.
Speaking anonymously, one of the commissioners expressed skepticism about the purpose of the performance bond, suggesting that it might be a strategy to facilitate the exit of certain commissioners, particularly those who were not directly affiliated with the incumbent governor. The commissioner hinted at potential political motivations, stating, “Some of us came through the party and not from the incumbent governor. It may be a way to sign and make our exit easy.”
In response to these concerns, Governor Oborevwori clarified the purpose behind the performance bond, emphasizing that the introduction of key performance indicators is intended to measure the administration’s progress based on established timelines and benchmarks for success. He highlighted the potential benefits, stating, “This will, in turn, enable the efficiency of government, enhance performance, hold the MDAs accountable, and promote judicious utilization of resources.”
The governor also stressed the need for MDAs to actively monitor the progress of projects under their jurisdiction and establish mechanisms for feedback and evaluation. This approach, he believes, will play a pivotal role in achieving the administration’s goals and ensuring that resources are utilized effectively.
The introduction of the performance bond by Governor Oborevwori marks a significant step in the administration’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and effective governance. By implementing this measure, the governor aims to instill a culture of responsibility and performance among the commissioners and government entities, ultimately driving progress and development in Delta State.