The fifteen assemblies in the Upper East Region comprising three Municipalities and twelves District Assemblies today signed the  2021 Performance Agreements between the Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) and  the Municipal and District Co-ordinating Directors(MDCDs) in a short ceremony at the Regional Co-ordinating Council.

In a speech read on behalf of the Regional Minister by the Regional Co-ordinating Director (RCD), Alhaji Mahamadu Assibi Azonko indicated that the performance agreements in the public service have come to stay as a means of drawing accountability from duty bearers.

He noted that the performance contracts have brought leaders to greater awareness of the place of well-motivated staff in the attainment of set goals of their various entities.

Alhaji Azonko said the 2020 performance contract last year made known that the first ten best performed Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) which obtain the past mark would be awarded and those who fail would also be sanctioned.

“Don’t be surprised that the subsequence assessment will be tied to release of funds to the MMDAs.  It is, therefore, important to take this performance contracts seriously” he emphasized.

The RCD however, acknowledged that the implementation of the performance contracts have not been without constraints and as a result resources to facilitate works have not always matched with planned activities hence there is the need for all which to be reviewed periodically to incorporate genuine proposals.

He, therefore, encouraged the MMDAs to rise above the challenges and find innovative ways to serve the needs of their citizens under their respective jurisdictions.

Accepting the challenges on behalf of his colleagues, the Dean of the MDCEs, Hon. William Aduum assured the Regional Minister that they would effectively collaborate with their Co-ordinating Directors to work hand in hand in order to achieve the deliverables because they cannot do it alone.

He said the chunk of the Internal Generated Fund (ICF) comes from property rates but difficult to mobilize, however, assured the Regional Minister that they would deplore innovative and attractive ways to raise the needed resources in order to achieve the set goals.

Hon. Aduum observed that some staff of the various assemblies have not been punctual to work and also leave before closing time and urged them to turn on new leaves by being punctual and active at work and provide the needed technical supports to achieve the desired results in the performance contracts.

On the part of the Municipal and District Co-ordinating Directors (MDCDs), the Dean, Alhaji Mohammed Issahaku also pledged that they would continue to offer the needed technical bus-stopping to their Chief Executives in order to serve the needs of their constituents.

He urged his colleagues to put aside the differences and that the challenges may arise during the execution of this performance contract and co-operate with MDCEs to achieve the vision signed for.