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Thursday, 23 August 2012 14:23

Performance Contract Agreement is not to witch hunt anybody - Jonathan

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President Jonathan, Nigeria President Jonathan, Nigeria


Nigeria's President Jonathan signed a Performance Contract Agreement with his cabinet yesterday at Abuja. He made it know that his intention is to improve and measure performance and not to witch-hunt anybody. Affterwards he spoke   on the contract agreement and  role  of  media.

Words of President Jonathan:


"I read all kinds of things in the media that the President wants to assess the ministers, so that he would know who should go and who would stay. That is not the purpose of this.


We would have done it probably the first week when we came on board but the key thing is that we have given ourselves points that we think we will get at. We believe that if we get at those points or even if we achieve 70 per cent of that, at least it will be better off for our own country. I am quite pleased that all the Ministers have completed the forms.


I want to assure every one of you who has taken part in the exercise that this is not meant to witch-hunt anybody.


It is to remind all of us, from President to Directors General, to Advisers and other aides, that we are representatives of the Nigerian people, and we are accountable to them at all times.


I had stated clearly during the inauguration of the Federal Executive Council that Ministers are expected to be accountable, productive, transparent and focused.


“Before, the media used to be the voice of the ordinary people but now, the media is the voice of those who own the media houses and those who own the media houses have private jets and those who own private jets are not ordinary people."


On the   Media  and Government  Ministries:

“So the media is now the voice of the powerful people. So, we have to have a way of assessing ourselves.”

‘The Minister must know everything happening in the ministry,  just like the Permanent Secretary, will know everything happening in the ministry.


‘If Minister A does not now what Minister B is doing and Minister B does not know what Minister Ais doing,  but the PermanentSecretary knows everything that all of you are doing, the Permanent Secretary becomes a boss of the two ministers and the Permanent Secretary can use your heads to hit yourselves and just laugh at you.


‘I expect that if the main minister travels and I need information, I should call the Minister of State and that Minister of State must give the information about that ministry.


“If the Minister of State cannot give the information about that ministry, then something is fundamentally wrong either from two of them or from one of them.


“If the minister of state travels in a ministry where we have clear responsibilities, I called the main minister, to give me information, I expect the minister to give me information on that ministry."






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