Experts Harp On Transparency, Accountability For Quality Outcome In Public Sector Performances

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Special Assistant to the President on Research and Special Duties, Prof. Mohammed Ahmadu said quality outcome would only be achieved in the public (sector) service performances if there is continuous capacity building, transparent and fair performance evaluation process and as well improved deployment of electronic records for leadership quality service delivery.

This he made known at the Public Sector Risk and Governance Summit (PSRGS), with the theme “Unlocking the Heart of Nigeria – A Risk-based Approach” which is part of Conrad Clark’s contribution to support, strengthen and position the Nigerian public sector as one the best and most effective in the post-Covid world.

According to Prof. Ahmadu, mentioned that value measurement, resources deployment, optimization of resources, performance measurement, are part of the element of risks in determining public sector performances.

However, the public sector often is unsure of the outcome of its service until reality sets in.

He explained, for an incise framework such as coherent, comprehensive, actionable, transparency, feasibility and replica to work hand in hand with the mechanism (indicators) thereby having to determine or weigh the performances in that sector there is need for input, output, efficiency, before quality and outcome is achieved.

“The aforementioned does not work if the input which is the individual contributions to the public sector does not come into play. Once you have input then you expect output so how do you measure the output of the public sector; is it working well or not? And how do you measure the output of the individual in the public sector from the employee, workers or whatever name you would like to give it, he asked.

Prof. Ahmadu who stressed on the mechanism in measuring public sector performance in terms of quality and outcome said that every step is interconnected as they work side by side. Meanwhile, if one does not work efficiently it affects the other.

He stressed, put all the four elements together and looked at the total direction of the plan. A lot of countries have tried it in different ways but in our own case I will have to mention briefly that there is no clear systematic way of arriving at the pace. And these are very important in this system that we are.

“So we need to develop a robust mechanism for measuring performance in the public sector to eliminate risk because each of these indicators is with risk, as if you want to have input it is risks, for assessing the public sector there is a cost that have to be encountered which includes money, resources and time, he said.”

Speaking earlier at the summit, Founding Partner Conrad Clark Nigeria Ltd, Joachim Adenusi said the summit is designed to broaden the understanding of stakeholders on the imperative of effective public sector risk governance in achieving economic prosperity and social progress in Nigeria.

Adenusi emphasised, the heart of the country is its people, and unlocking the heart of Nigeria requires giving the Nigerian people all the tools they need to be economically productive and socially responsible citizens. That is why the theme of this summit is “Unlocking the Heart of Nigeria – A Risk-based Approach.”

“We see risk governance as the process of handling the effect of unplanned changes to or deviations from set goals, which could diminish performance outcomes. Risk governance is associated with being transparent, responsible and accountable for the tasks that must be reported and monitored. And of course, requires a plan or strategy to identify, assess, prioritize and urgently deal with the complexity, challenges and opportunities facing political leaders and public sector professionals.”

Furthermore, the principle behind public sector risk governance is to ensure that political leaders and public sector officials are as close as possible to delivering on the promises made to the people. Nigeria does not exist without its people.

Adenusi, however, said that his firm will launch a simple guide to managing risk in the public sector next year, specifically at the end of the first quarter in 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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