Senator Godswill Akpabio, Honourable Minister for Niger Delta Affairs

Government inaugurates Performance Unit for Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs

*The establishment of Ministerial Performance Delivery Unit (MPDU) is to collaborate with the Central Delivery Coordinating Unit of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation towards attainment government’s performance on programmes and projects in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria

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As a measure to enable the Ministry to work towards optimum performance and effective service delivery to the Niger Deltans, in South-South Nigeria, the Federal Government has inaugurated a Ministerial Performance Delivery Unit (MPDU) for the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA) to facilitate processes aimed at ensuring that reports to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) conform to the required standards.

Members of the MPDU, drawn from various projects department of the ministry and the Nigeria Delta Commission (NDDC), are meant to work towards optimum performance as well as effective service delivery.

Patricia Deworitshe, Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, in a statement said Dr. Babayo Ardo, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs stated this while inaugurating the MPDU at the weekend in Nasarawa State.

The statement said Dr. Ardo stressed that members of the Unit are expected to serve as liaison officers between their respective departments in the ministry and the NDDC, as well as the ministry’s team in PRS department towards tracking the progress of implementation on the five deliverables for appropriate reporting.

He further disclosed that it would train a select staff of the Unit, and it is expected to build capacity of participants towards assisting the MNDA to achieve the five deliverables in the mandate assigned by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ardo, who was represented by Mr. Alfred Abba, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS) in MNDA at the inauguration, said that the purpose of constituting the MPDU was to assist the ministry in facilitating the reporting processes that would ensure reports to the OSGF, meet the required standard and optimal performance, as well as effective service delivery.

The new unified performance management results framework, which incorporates all ministerial deliverables, the statement noted, have direct impact on the priorities, and have been developed by the OSGF with a dashboard in the office of the President, SGF, Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Affairs Office) to measure and track MDAs’ performance in the implementation of the ministerial deliverables, as well as the delivery of priority areas against negotiated targets.

Dr. Ardo urged participants to recognise the enormous premium placed on the assignment by the Ministry and consider it as very important for the ministers to deliver their mandate, noting that the selection among staff is based on dedication, commitment and diligence to duty.

Mr. Yinka Arogundade, representing the Director, PRS, Deputy Director Policy and Planning, earlier in his welcome address, pointed out that the MPDU was established as a follow-up to the directive given by the SGF, mandating MDAs to constitute the Unit.

“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,” Arogundade stated.

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