Ministers who fail to achieve targets will be marked red – Mustapha Hamid

Information Minister Mustapha Hamid has revealed that government has set specific targets for all ministers against which their performance will be measured.

He said the targets were revealed to the ministers at a three-day retreat at the Peduase Lodge which ended Monday.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday morning, the Information Minister said the Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei has indicated his determination to hold ministers strictly accountable to their targets.

Mr. Hamid quoted Dr. Akoto Osei as saying he will be using three colours to indicate the performance of every minister.

If a minister fails to achieve a particular target, he will be marked red for that target.

Where steps have been taken towards the achievement of a target or set of targets, the minister will be marked yellow.

And when a target is achieved, the minister will be marked blue which is a high score, for that target.

Mr. Hamid told Super Morning Show host Kojo Yankson that President Nana Akufo-Addo spelt out his vision to all the ministers at the retreat.

According to him, the President will be keenly assessing the results of his ministers and determining whether or not what they are doing aligns with his vision for the country.

Mr. Hamid believes that whether a minister is kept in office may depend on how many blue marks they have earned at the end of the period for which they are being assessed.

He said the president intends to hold regular retreats to assess the extent of achievement of the target set his ministers.

The president has promised an ambitious plan to transform Ghana and build an enduring and resilient economy.

Some of his promises have been dismissed by his political oppoents as lofty and designed to win elections.

But addressing journalists after the three-day retreat, the president said his government was determined to deliver on the promises made to Ghanaians.

He reiterated his government’s decision not to procure new vehicles “no matter how dilapidated the vehicles we inherited are. We will manage with them.”

He said his government had also cancelled the practice where public office holders are allowed to purchase their official vehicles which are two years old and more.

The country has had a serious problem of car chasing and car seizures whenever there is a change in government because government officials buy vehicles and sometimes the new government is unsure which vehicle has been purchased legally.

President Akufo-Addo said the policy will no longer apply.

This will not be the first time such an announcement is being made; President John Mahama made a similar announcement but by the time his government handed over power, more than 200 saloon cars had been bought by government appointees.

It remains to be seen whether president Akufo-Addo’s directive will stand the test of time.