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Government Performance and Results Bill 2019 to end official inactivity—Odua

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Senator Stella Odua (PDP, Anambra State), has given insights on the real target of the new bill she sponsored. The new law will among other things, create the ‘Government Accountability Department (GAD)’, which would serve as the engine room and catalyst for achieving the objectives intended.

Coming as ‘Government Performance and Results Bill 2019’, the former Aviation Minister said “The bill will make it compulsory for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other federal institutions to do yearly performance plans and reports covering each programme activity set forth in the budget of such ministry or agency.

“Accordingly, such a plan shall establish goals to define the level of performance to be achieved by a programme activity of such ministry or agency and express such goals in an objective, quantifiable, and measurable form.

She added that such a law has become pertinent to serve as a true platform for weighing and measuring yearly performances of MDAs and their heads from time to time.

Senator Odua averred that “The Senate is creating a machinery to institutionalise strategic planning and measure the level of Federal Government’s performance and accountability so as to check abuses, leakages, and improve efficiency.

Business Hilights gathered that the new instrument has already been gazetted and is due for general debate in plenary before the end of this week.

Additional details showed that the bill states: “No later than the 30th of September every year, the head of each federal government ministry, agency, department and institution shall submit to the GAD, and to the supervising committees of both chambers of the National Assembly, a strategic plan for programme activities of their various ministries and agencies for the succeeding four years.”

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