The Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW) has urged President Bola Tinubu to disclose his Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the promised Presidential Delivery Tracker to enable oversight by Nigerians.
A statement signed by the group’s Public Relations Lead, Victor Agi, said the call follows the deterioration of key sectors and the attendant hardship faced by many Nigerians.
Recall that in November 2023, following a 3-day retreat for ministers, permanent secretaries, presidential aides and other top government officials, President Tinubu had assured Nigerians of setting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for his cabinet.
The President also directed his Special Adviser on Policy and Coordination, Hadiza Bala Usman, to reactivate the Presidential Delivery Tracker to empower Nigerians to track the implementation of projects across the country in real-time.
However, the Center says months after the President’s public directive, the KPIs and the Delivery Tracker are yet to be activated for citizens monitoring.
The Center tasked the President to immediately disclose the indicators to enable the monitoring of the performances of his appointees and the reactivation of the Presidential Delivery Tracker for citizens’ oversight.
It said, ”For instance, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures the rate of changes in the prices of goods and services has been incremental in the past seven months of the President’s administration.
”For context, September, October, November and December inflation figures published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) were 26.72%, 27.33%, 28.2% and 28.9%, respectively; with food inflation edging higher in these four months at 30.64%, 31.5%, 32.8% and 33.93% respectively.
”Also, it is no longer news that the “floating” of the naira which now allows market forces to determine the exchange rate has resulted in the free fall of the currency with the currency failing to compete favourably in the FX market.
”This has contributed to the escalating prices of commodities in our heavily import-dependent economy. Currently, the naira exchanged at 1192 to $1 at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) official rate and edging 1500 at the black-market rate; making a charade of the so-called floating of the naira.
”The economic hardship is exacerbated by the dire security situation, which if not contained will worsen food security.
”It’s on this note that we believe that Nigerians will be interested in knowing what the KPIs are, to measure the performances of Mr. President and his appointees. We will be interested to know the “consequence management framework for those who fail to meet their targets,” alluded to by his Special Adviser on Policy and Coordination.
”The Center strongly believes that the disclosure of these KPIs and reactivation of the Presidential Delivery Tracker will not only enhance transparency but also empower civil society organizations, the media and the general public at large to evaluate the government’s performance objectively.