All eyes were on Port Loko town yesterday Saturday, 30th July 2016, where president Koroma and his ruling APC party summoned cabinet ministers, senior civil servants and heads of government departments and parastatals, to discuss what State House described as the lack of international standards for benchmarking the government’s performance.
Also attending the two day retreat were industry and business leaders, as well as international partners and NGOs – a mix cocktail of competing interests that should make for a lively conference.
Cynics would say that it is simply too late in the day for discussing government’s benchmarking standards after nine years in office, and having failed to achieve the standards of governance it had set for itself in 2007, and with general elections just round the corner – February 2018.
Since coming to power in 2007, the ruling APC has presented a plethora of programme delivery performance indicators, buried within its much talked about Agenda for Change, which later metamorphosed into an Agenda for Prosperity, after failing spectacularly to improve the economic and social well-being of the people, yet presiding over massive corruption in high places.
But many critics would agree that this is a case of a bad workman blaming his tools for his poor performance.
According to State House though, the general consensus reached at the end of the two-day event is that: “One of the key factors that have been affecting the country’s ratings in view of international benchmarks, is the lack of effective monitoring of development programmes, as well as the absence of reliable data.” click for more...