Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o today presided over the signing of performance contracts for the Financial Year 2023/24.
The session held at Mama Grace Onyango Hall, brought on board the County Executive Members, The Public Service Board Management, the County Revenue board Members, the Chief Officers, City Directorate, County directors among other County officials.
During the session, Governor Nyong’o, noted that the signing of the performance contracts is special in that it echoes the commitment to the goals for this year, through the contracts being signed with County Executive Committee Members, in addition to the release of the results of the performance evaluation for the just concluded financial year 2022/23. The Governor emphasized that the Performance management is an important management tool that ensures that Public entities become accountable.
“Through performance contracting, we have realized improved efficiency and effectiveness achieving a 70% project completion rate in the past financial year with some departments realizing 90% of their projects completed and evaluated by the Service Delivery Unit.” Stated Governor Nyong’o
He further attributed the improved results to the establishment of the projects implementation and status committee chaired by his Deputy Dr. Mathew Owili. Notwithstanding, the citizens’ accountability fora across the county dubbed Huduma Mashinani that provided engagement platform with the citizenry from which the results were overwhelming and pointed out that the County is on the right trajectory.
Through the recently inaugurated County Revenue Board, the Governor has tasked the members to improve the county’s revenue collection with the target for this year set at Kshs. 2.2 Billion – a commitment to which they have put pen to paper as they signed their performance contract today.
Nyong’o underlined the significance of commitment by all the staff of the government in ensuring that quality service to the people remain the guiding star. The commitment he reiterated is manifest in the gains made in the various sectors.
According to the Deputy Governor Dr. Matthew Owili, the exercise is part of stock taking of where we are coming from as we lay ground to where we are going.
He called on the team to synergize, complement one another in order to help the government deliver its mandate to the people. He also urged the team to give its best since their deliverables will positively impact lives of Kisumu residents and even the national ratings.
According to the County Secretary, who is also the CECM Pubic Service, Administration and Participatory Development, Madam Judith Oluoch, the intention is to institutionalize the exercise among the key departments and the government agencies, with the aim is to operationalize the exercise. It marks a paradigm shift and echoes the spirit of performance, where people learn from the lessons and enhance synergy.
The exercise was also marked with awarding departments with outstanding performance and recognition of the most improved departments in the Financial year 2022/ 23 as follows:
The top performer being the department of Infrastructure, Energy and Public Works, the First runners up is the department of Finance, Economic Planning and ICT, and the second runners up being the department of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries.
Another category for recognition were the most improved departments, with the most improved department being Water, Environment, Natural resources and Climate Change. The second most improved is the department of Public Service, county Administration and Participatory Development and thee third most improved is the department of Medical Services, Health and Sanitation.