Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Health and Hospital Services, Dr Muhammad Muhammad Makusidi

By Musa Mahmud

Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Health and Hospital Services, Dr Muhammad Muhammad Makusidi has directed that punitive measures  be adopted on programme officers in the health sector for under performance.

The directive was handed down to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Joseph Kolo James during a brief meeting with directors of the ministry, heads of agencies under the ministry, and development partners after declaring open a 3-day workshop on the Development of 2021 Annual Operational Plan (AOP) for the sector at Haske Luxury Hotel in Minna, recently.

Dr Makusidi lamented over the poor attitude of programme officers to work which has consequently led to poor indicators in some areas of the sector; describing the trend as worrisome requiring severe measures in order to achieve far reaching results.

To achieve this, he said the permanent secretary must act accordingly without fear or favour so as to give room for competent hands only, since it has become a norm in Nigeria where defaulters run to their godfathers to intervene on their behalf when sanctioned for failing to deliver.

He then urged the permanent secretary to track performance and reward any programme officer that performs outstandingly to motivate them for hardwork.

The commissioner thanked partners in the state for their support adding that the successes recorded in other areas could not have been achieved without a joint effort.

He emphasised that partners should report any programme officer who is found wanting or incompetent and to initiate a bi-monthly meeting between the ministry and partners to discuss pressing issues so that the existing gap created can be addressed.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Joseph Kolo James and the Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Pharmacist Hamza Tijani Yahaya, in their separate remarks, stated that the basis for the workshop was drawn from the fact that most programme officers were not familiar with the current AOP template hence it has become imperative to acquaint them with the existing one for best results to be achieved in the future.

The duo urged participants to take the workshop seriously and ensure that the 2021 AOP was as much as possible realistic and evidence based.