The Ag Executive Director of the Produce Monitoring Board (PMB) Mrs. Haja Isatu Kabba has joined other heads of MDAs to sign the 2016 Performance Contract with the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, at a colorful ceremony organized by the Performance Management and Service Delivery (PMSD) Directorate in the office of the Chief of Staff State House at the Bank Complex on Thursday 4th August, 2016.
Though a relatively new concept in Sierra Leone, the Performance Contracting System is geared towards improving performance and delivering quality and timely services to the citizenry, improving productivity and instilling a greater sense of accountability for effective service delivery. It also guarantee that performance and results are linked with the expectations of stakeholders and the general citizenry of the country with a view to creating collaboration, coordination, synergy and competition among MDAs in relation to effective and efficient service delivery.
The Chief of Staff Mr. Abdul Conton Sesay in his presentation stated that, the government is fully aware of the challenges facing institutions in their efforts to deliver services and coping to meet public expectations. He pointed inefficient utilization of resources, the culture of business as usual, impropriety, difficulties in prioritizing plans, inadequate subdirectory and operational endorsements, unhealthy coordination and collaboration, and adherence to internationally accepted accountability and transparency standards as some of the perils affecting effective and efficient service delivery in the country.
He furthered that the core function of the PMSD is to help resolve these issues through enhancing coordination and team work, effective service delivery and scaling up the overall performance of government. The purpose of the meeting was two folds, an assessment of the 2015 performance of MDAS and the signing of the 2016 Performance Contract.
The newly established process will strongly support evidence-based decision making, by policy makers and implementers. The process is expected to provide the missing link between planning and budgetary allocation to MDAs, by providing a basis for performance–based budgeting that will tie their allocation to MDAs’ capacity to deliver on their mandates based on clear, concrete and objective results for the citizens of Sierra Leone.
Some of the expected developments which the appraisal performance contract will achieve includes improved MDAs performance competencies, improved learning outcomes, identification of performance gaps and provision of support for professional development, establishment of fair, effective, consistent performance evaluation and reporting among others.
Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in his speech stated that the event is a testimony of his commitment to effective public service delivery and it further demonstrates his commitment to transparency and public accountability which are thematic pillars of the Agenda for Prosperity. He noted that, the oil of the performance contract is the “culture of work” based on the bench marks set by the mandates of institutions and the selected plans and projects for a fiscal year.
He furthered that the use of Performance Contracts has been acclaimed as an effective and promising means of improving the performance of public enterprises as well as government departments. He stressed that, although the government is working, there is still need for collaboration, coordination and effective engagement among MDAs in pursuance of their institutional mandates thereby accelerating national development and progress in accordance with the Millenium Development Goals.
The ceremony climaxed with the signing of the Performance Contracts by ministers with the president, followed by Directors, Councils Chairmen and Mayors. The signing of the document was not meant to witch-hunt any MDA, but rather to solicit their commitment in responding to the expectations of the citizenry, as they expect government to be more proactive and effective in its actions in providing the basic necessities of life for them to function more effectively in a competitive and thriving environment.