The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Dame Didi Walson-Jack, on Thursday said establishing a new Performance Management System (PMS) is crucial for repositioning the Federal Public Service in Nigeria.
Walson-Jack said this at the opening of a five-day Ministerial Performance Management System Retreat, organised for the top management in the Ministry, Managing Directors of the River Basin Development Authorities and Agencies of the Ministry.
The retreat commenced from Monday, May 9 and will end on Friday, May 13 in Lagos.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the new Performance Management System is anchored on the principles of accountability, transparency, equity, and ownership, saying when operational, would ensure that National Development goals are achieved.
She revealed that the Retreat held in furtherance of the directive of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation that Permanent Secretaries and Directors of various MDAs to prepare for the implementation of the Performance Management System as a priority area of the Federal Government.
This, she said, is the second pillar in the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2025(FCSSIP25).
Walson-Jack emphasized that the aim of the Retreat was to acquaint participants with the requisite knowledge and skills in Job Objectives Setting, Target Setting, Performance Appraisal and Rewards System.
These she explained, were vital components of the Performance Management System that will eventually replace the Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER) currently being used to assess Performance.
She added that the Retreat presented a golden opportunity for participants to recalibrate, towards adding value to their work to enable them serve the nation better.
The permanent secetary also urged the participants to remain proactive and continue to put in place structures and mechanisms to ensure improved and seamless running of government business and overall enhanced performance.
She further enjoined the participants to ensure that the objectives and outcomes of the Retreat are cascaded to all officers under them.
In her Welcome Address, the Director of Human Resource, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs Jummai Idakwo, noted that PMS contributes to the effective management of individuals and teams in order to achieve high levels of organizational performance.
Highpoints of the Retreat were lectures on Performance Management System, Standard Operating Procedures and Learning, and Managing Change, amongst others.
Resource Persons included Dr Francisca Odeka, of Frandek International Consulting Limited and Mrs Modupe Bankole, of Diadems Global Support Services respectively.