Gov Namadi’s performance bond and Greater Jigawa agenda

“No man who does not see vision will ever realise any high hope or

undertake any high enterprise”- Woodrow Wilson

Like lemmings fling themselves helplessly off a rock, the Governor Umar Namadi administration has dived headlong into transmogrifying Jigawa state to a ”New World” that will serve as a model state for all times in Nigeria. In his quest for “Greater Jigawa”, he has proved his mettle and panache in establishing policies and programmes that have elicited national and international accolades unprecedented in the annals of the state.

Today, Jigawa state is being singled out as a state with a difference in Nigeria because of Namadi’s development strategies anchored on the 12-point Greater Jigawa agenda. He has proved to the world that achieving his agenda does not require a magic wand; neither does it require an excessive solution. It is knowing what to do and doing it at the right and appropriate time. Greater Jigawa, where the socioeconomic wellbeing of all our citizens, both the present and future generations, is sustainably guaranteed, is a prosperous, peaceful, and secured state.

To ensure efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery, Mallam Namadi created a kaleidoscopic tapestry of changes that are outstanding in all ramifications. By an effort of will, he cleansed the Augean stable and piloted the state out of its decrepit state to heights of its potential.

Governor Namadi sees his mandate to steer the affairs of Jigawa state as sacred trust for him and his cabinet to deliver in a responsive and accountable manner; a mandate that is sacrosanct and a pact between government and the governed for which all leaders under the leadership of the governor are obligated to deliver.

A very important step towards upholding and delivering on his commitments as reflected in the 12-point agenda and the inaugural speech declarations is to institute a framework that would constantly keep the government on track and to be able to assess performance and to hold officials accountable. It is precisely for these reasons that the various commitments of the Namadi administration have been converted into a result framework with specific performance indicators set to be achieved by the various ministries, departments and agencies of government.

Recently, Governor Namadi led all heads of MDAs in the state to sign an Executive Order and Performance Bonds to give effect to the Performance Measurement Framework. The Executive Order is meant to establish a Results Delivery & Performance Management Coordination Unit under the Office of the Governor. The unit will be charged with the responsibility of coordinating and managing a Performance Measurement Tracking System to ensure effective delivery of results. As specified in the Executive Order, some of the functions of the unit will include:

a) Monitoring the delivery of results covered in the Performance Bond to be assessed based on the quarterly scorecard and annual reviews.

b) Developing and managing a comprehensive performance tracking system with Key Performance Indicators, Real-time Dashboard, and periodic spot checks to validate results.

c) Periodic review of the result and performance frameworks to sort out cross-cutting and delivery mandate issues to ensure appropriate accountability for results across and between MDAs.

5. Beyond establishing the Unit, the primary purpose of the Executive Order is to provide a framework for ensuring Accountability for results delivery by Heads of all Delivery MDAs. Accordingly, the Order has provided that all respective and concerned Executive Heads of MDAs – particularly the commissioners, will sign a Performance Bond committing them to deliver on the set targets/results by working to their best of their ability to deliver within the specified timeline and to be held responsible for any unjustified failure in that respect. The Order has further provided that:

a) For effective monitoring and delivery of results covered in the Performance Bond, a performance measurement system based on quarterly and annual assessment will be instituted.

b) Each head of MDA will constitute a Delivery Task Team to collaborate with the Unit in carrying out internal monitoring and evaluating progress of the MDA’s deliverables as provided in the Performance Bond.

c) Providing accurate and timely data to be fed into the Performance Management Information System to support the production of quarterly and annual scorecards based on which performance would be measured to inform appropriate decisions.

The aim is to achieve a convergence between the Performance Bond Measurement with sector-wide Annual Sector Performance Reviews of the State Comprehensive Development Framework and Medium-term Sector Strategies. Both the 12-Point Agenda and the Inaugural Speech Declarations have been effectively integrated into the State Development Plan, which will be published soon.  

From all indications, Gov Namadi has proven that he is determined to help the state achieve its full potential, doing his best where he now finds himself as the number one citizen of the state. He belongs to the school of thought that believes that the good of man must be the objective of the science of politics.

Muhammad Ahmad, a public affairs analyst, writes from Abuja.