Presidential Directive: Labour Ministry Begins Staff Performance Evaluation

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Ngige, Labour Minister
  • To Sanctions Unproductive, Incompetent Civil Servants Henceforth

Following a directive from the presidency to all Ministries Department and Agencies of Government, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has began staff performance audit, aimed at guaging productivity level of its workforce.

Beyond this, the Ministry which is saddled with resolving all labour related issues within the civil service has initiated a ministerial service award to motivate workers who have exhibited exceptional skills in their job delivery.

While delivering a keynote address at the 2022 Ministerial Service Award Programme for Labour Sector in Abuja on Thursday, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo said it will not be business as usual for unproductive civil servants hence the introduction of the Performance Management System by government.

He noted that sanctions also awaits workers identified to be incompetent in the discharge of their duties.

According to Keyamo, the ministry will provide the enabling environment for competitive performance in rendering quality services, thereby staff aspiring to put in their best in the discharge of their duties, will be encouraged.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently directed the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to institutionalise performance management across MDAs with a view to guaging impact of productivity in the Nigerian public service.

Keyamo said, “You all know that productivity is a result of commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and consistent effort to achieve result, institutionalising PMS means adopting a performance driven culture in public processes to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the public sector.

” MDAs performance goals and targets must align with organisational and national development goals, while clear performance metrics must be established, performance management appraisal will be used for monitoring regular feedback and to develop rewarding system”.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Labour and Employment, Kachollom Daju said the Office of Head of Civil Service had taken the lead in ensuring that civil servants were duly compensated for their contribution to the service in general.

According to her, the Federal Civil Service Strategy Implementation Plan-25 has one of the key component as the institutionalizing of performance management system with the mind to apprise and reward performance.

She said the importance of performance management cannot be over emphasized as it will Improve organizational performance, employee retention and loyalty, improve productivity thereby overcoming the barriers to communication, clear accountability, and cost advantages.

Her words, “The issue resolved by management would be reduced cause of bridging of communication gap between management and staff and this will Saves time and reduce conflicts generated with Labour Union while it will also ensures efficiency and consistency in performance.

“Indeed recognition of hard work and performance is all about giving positive feedback based on results. An award, a bonus, a promotion etc are means to demonstrate appreciation of contributions to achieving goals.

“The Ministry had carefully and genuinely selected deserving officers through a credible process with inputs from all the Departments to come up with the list of officers being awarded today. Also the Agencies under the Ministry’s supervision constituted Award committees to further strengthen a trust worthy process for selecting awardees”.

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