It's Wrong To Compare Abiodun's 365 Days With Amosun's 8yrs In Office - Nigeria Meter - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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It's Wrong To Compare Abiodun's 365 Days With Amosun's 8yrs In Office - Nigeria Meter



From Babalola Gafar,  Abeokuta

A Non Governmental Organisation cum media platform, Nigeria Meter  has called for adoption of campaign promises-performance parameter as tool for assessing the performance of public officers in Nigeria.

Nigeria Meter,  described as faulty, the recourse comparing  two political administrations as it is being done today in the country.

The founder of the organisation,  Mr Jamiu Folarin, who made the call in a statement  to The Daily Crucible, argued that appointed and elected public officials should be examined based on the promises and reference to their job specifications.
 
“This intervention is necessary at a time when the public sphere is saturated with claims and counterclaims as it relates to the performance of Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun after one year in office.

“The metric of success of public officers and government should be the promises, programmes and manifestos laid out from the beginning.

“In order to carry out objective assessment, Nigeria Meter is calling for a uniform parameter to assess the performance of our public officials in a way that will provide scientific, data-driven and promise-performance template and outcome.

“In Ogun State, we will be adopting this template to assess the performance of Governor Dapo Abiodun 365 days in office. We shall base our assessment on 25 percent as we considered this as the fraction of a four year term the governor is expected to steer the ship of the State as provided by the 1999 constitution (as amended).

“By our calculation, it is expected that Governor Abiodun administration should have achieved 25 percent of the electoral promises he made before, during and after the 2019 General elections. This means that for the present administration to fully deliver on its promises, it must achieve 25 percent of the promises each year and 100 percent at the end of four years.

“We shall also factor intervening variables such as COVID-19 pandemic, fall or rise in crude oil prices in world oil market, decrease or increase in Federal Government allocation to the State, status of the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) among other variables in the analysis of this performance.

“The implementation of the approved budget of the State on yearly basis will also form part of the appraisal.

“It will be wrong to benchmark Governor Abiodun administration with that of his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun. This is because Governor Abiodun has a social contract with the people of Ogun State as contained in his manifesto and this should be the basis for the assessment of its performance.

“The people of Ogun State voted for the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate as they seem to be satisfied with its proposed programmes and manifesto, leading to electoral victory of the party in the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in 2019.

“The Governor will be deem to have achieved excellent, if he scored between 70 and 100 percent and poor performance if he scored between 0 to 39 percent, while average performance according to our rating will be in the region of 40 and 69 percent.

“We are putting finishing touches to this scientific process that is expected to provide data and evidenced based performance situated on the cardinal programmes of the Governor Abiodun administration.

“We have allotted performance figure to each of the promise and manifesto head and we shall henceforth benchmark the performance of the government on this template.

“We will be adopting open and transparent approaches that will leverage technology and provide residents and stakeholders in different sectors of the State economy with on-the-go tools that will promote objective assessment of the government. 

“We urged all stakeholders from the Local, State and Federal Government level to adopt this approach in the assessment of the performance of appointed and elected public officials in Nigeria.

“On a quarterly basis, we intend to provide update on our effort in this respect and call on all stakeholders to support this initiative tagged."

Folarin also noted with concerns, the confusion and frustration over how people found it difficult to objectively assess the performance of the government, often resorting to benchmarking the performance of a new administration with that of its predecessor(s).

According to him,  “Political Meter” intends to fill the gap and expects  all stakeholders irrespective of political, social, economic or religious leaning to adopt the approach and tool to jointly assess the performance of the government.

"It is our considered opinion that if we continue to benchmark the performance of present administration with previous ones, it will distract the government from pursuing its own blueprint which must have been result of years of experience and painstaking efforts in the journey towards the political office.

“In the last one year, Nigeria Meter has taken time to documents the promises made by public officials before, during and after the 2019 general elections as a way of promoting good governance through transparency and accountability.

"It is on this basis that we noted that in the Manifesto of Prince Dapo Abiodun tagged “Building our future together”, he promised to move Ogun State forward by touching areas such as Good Governance, Security, Economic Development, Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Tourism, Water/Electricity, Oil and Gas, and Social Welfare.

"We have also documented extensive implementation strategies to adopted to achieve the above promises as contained in Governor Abiodun’s inaugural speech. These came under the headings of Public Service Reform, Empowerment of Local Government Council, Transparent Public Finance Management, Security, Employment Trust Fund, Physical Infrastructure, Education, Health, Agriculture and Food Security, Industry, Trade and Investment, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), as well as Tourism and Entertainment Industry," he concluded.

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