By Ignatius Ushie

In furtherance of the implementation of the Performance Management System in the nation’s public service, the  Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Abubakar Sirika, has signed a Performance Management commitment with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole.

The performance management agreement was signed at a ministerial retreat organised by the Ministry in Abuja. 

Speaking at the event  Senator Sirika expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for granting approval to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to introduce the Performance Management System (PMS) in the Service, as the PMS is meant to change the old APER system used to appraise the performance of civil servants to determine their promatability to their next grade levels.

According to the Minister, the new system provides a platform that ensures a reliable assessment of officers, ensuring that promotion is purely based on verifiable merit.

The retreat with the theme “Delivering on the Aviation Roadmap through effective Performance Management System “ provided the latitude for the Permanent Secretary to sign a compact agreement on his key deliverable areas in line with the mandate of the Ministry and the nation’s sustainable goals. 

The Retreat was  also used by the Directors of the Ministry to sign their own compact agreements with the Permanent Secretary.

During the signing, the Honourable Minister eulogized the competency of the Permanent Secretary and for his vision in bringing together Directors of the Minister to have robust discussions and evaluation of the Seven (7) Aviation Roadmap envisioned by him on assumption of duty in 2015.

He urged Directors of the Ministry to continue to give their supports to the Permanent Secretary for the purpose of delivering on the mandate of the Ministry and presidential deliverables.

Also speaking at the Retreat, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Meribole acknowledged the commitment of the minister to the welfare of the Ministry’s staff, and creating an appropriate environment for the realisation of the ministry’s mandate. 

He reiterated the commitment of the management and staff of the ministry to the successful implementation of the aviation roadmap which is at the completion stage.

The retreat, anchored by Diadems Global Support Services, a Consultancy outfit, had papers presented on Ministerial Mandates and the Roadmap; Emotional Intelligence; Health and Wellness; and Performance Management.