In furtherance of the implementation of the performance management system (PMS) in the nation’s public service, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika has signed a performance management commitment with the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole.
The special assistant on public affairs to the minister, Dr. James Odaudu disclosed in a statement over the weekend that the agreement was signed at a ministerial retreat organised by the ministry in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, Sirika appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the nod to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to introduce the 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 promotion to their next grade level.
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 themed “Delivering on the Aviation Roadmap through effective Performance Management System” provided 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.
Also, the retreat saw directors of the ministry sign their compact agreements with the permanent secretary.
During the signing, the minister eulogised the competency of the permanent secretary and his vision in bringing together directors of the ministry to engage and evaluate the seven aviation roadmaps envisioned by him upon assumption of duty in 2015. He urged directors of the ministry to continue to support the permanent secretary to deliver on the mandate of the ministry and presidential deliverables.
Also speaking at the retreat, 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 in the final stages of being completed.