The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, MNDA, Dr. Babayo Ardo has formally inaugurated the newly constituted Ministerial Performance Delivery Unit (MPDU) as well as train the selected staff of the Unit to build capacity of participants towards assisting the Ministry to achieve the five (5) deliverables assigned by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, (PRS), Mr. Alfred Abba stated this during the inauguration of Members at the Global Village Suites in Nassarawa State recently.
He said that the purpose of constituting the Ministerial Performance Unit is to assist the Ministry in facilitating the reporting processes that would ensure reports to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) meet the required standard and optimal performance as well as effective service delivery.
Dr. Ardo further stated that members of the Unit are expected to serve as liaison Officers between their respective departments/ parastatal (NDDC) and the Ministry's team in PRS department towards tracking progress of implementation on the five (5) deliverables for appropriate reporting.
He informed that the new unified performance management results framework, which incorporates all Ministerial deliverables have direct impact on the priorities have been developed by OSGF with a dashboard in the office of Mr. President, SGF, Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Affairs Office) to measure and track MDA's performance in the implementation of the ministerial deliverables as well as the delivery of priority areas against negotiated targets.
The Permanent Secretary urged participants to recognize the enormous premium placed on the assignment by the Ministry and consider it as very important for the Honourable Ministers to deliver their mandate, noting that the selection among staff is based on dedication, commitment and diligence to duty.
He therefore acknowledged the continued support of OSGF to the Ministry in delivering on its mandate through series of engagements, which include the Retreat in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Bilateral meetings on Ministerial Mandates and several other collaborative engagements with the office in the past.
Earlier, the representative of the Director PRS, Deputy Director Policy and Planning, Mr. Yinka Arogundade in his welcome address pointed out that the Ministerial Performance Delivery Unit was established as a follow up to the directive given by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, mandating MDA's to constitute the Unit.
According to him "it is expedient to state that the constitution of MPDU is to collaborate with the Central Delivery Coordinating Unit of the OSGF in the attainment of government performance on programmes and projects in the Niger Delta region".
One of the Resource Persons, Federal Partner Facilitation Manager, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, Mr. Umaru Abu in his lecture gave an overview of the nine Presidential Priorities as, to stabilize the Macro- Economy, achieve Agriculture & Food Security, ensure Energy sufficiency in Power & Petroleum products, improve Transportation & other Infrastructures, improve Security for all citizens amongst others.
He explained that the MNDA Ministerial Deliverables contributes towards achieving three priorities, which includes; the harmonisation and coordination of the implementation of the Niger Delta Action Plan, the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan and other relevant plans and programmes to encourage rapid socio- economic development of the region.
The Ministerial Performance Delivery Unit participants were drawn from various projects department of the Ministry and its Parastatal (NDDC).
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September 3, 2021.