... plans to launch “Political Meter” – technology, data-driven performance tool

“My WORD is my BOND, and for me a PROMISE MADE, would always be a PROMISE KEPT!” – Governor Dapo Abiodun

Be careful of making promises because of history.

A Non Governmental Organisation cum media platform, Nigeria Meter has advocated the adoption of campaign promises-performance parameter in assessing the performance of public officers in Nigeria describing as faulty comparison of two political administrations.

The founder of Nigeria Meter, Mr Jamiu Folarin who made this call in a statement argued that appointed and elected public officials should be examined based on the promises and reference to their job specifications.

“This intervention is necessary at a time when the public sphere is saturated with claims and counterclaims as it relates to the performance of Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun after one year in office.”

“The metric of success of public officers and government should be the promises, programmes and manifestos laid out from the beginning.”

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“In order to carry out objective assessment, Nigeria Meter is calling for a uniform parameter to assess the performance of our public officials in a way that will provide scientific, data-driven and promise-performance template and outcome.

“In Ogun State, we will be adopting this template to assess the performance of Governor Dapo Abiodun 365 days in office. We shall base our assessment on 25 percent as we considered this as the fraction of a four year term the governor is expected to steer the ship of the State as provided by the 1999 constitution (as amended).

“By our calculation, it is expected that Governor Abiodun administration should have achieved 25 percent of the electoral promises he made before, during and after the 2019 General elections. This means that for the present administration to fully deliver on its promises, it must achieve 25 percent of the promises each year and 100 percent at the end of four years.

“We shall also factor intervening variables such as COVID-19 pandemic, fall or rise in crude oil prices in world oil market, decrease or increase in Federal Government allocation to the State, status of the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) among other variables in the analysis of this performance.

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“The implementation of the approved budget of the State on yearly basis will also form part of the appraisal. In this, we shall focus on the performance of the budget with particular empahises on capital expenditure and projects listed on the basis of sectoral allocations at the end of the budget cycle for significant improvements.

“It will be wrong to benchmark Governor Abiodun administration with that of his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun. This is because Governor Abiodun has a social contract with the people of Ogun State as contained in his manifesto and this should be the basis for the assessment of its performance.”

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“The people of Ogun State voted for the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate as they seem to be satisfied with its proposed programmes and manifesto, leading to electoral victory of the party in the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in 2019.”

“The Governor will be deem to have achieved excellent, if he scored between 70 and 100 percent and poor performance if he scored between 0 to 39 percent, while average performance according to our rating will be in the region of 40 and 69 percent.”

“We are putting finishing touches to this scientific process that is expected to provide data and evidenced based performance situated on the cardinal programmes of the Governor Abiodun administration.”

Governor Dapo Abiodun

“We have allotted performance figure to each of the promise and manifesto head and we shall henceforth benchmark the performance of the government on this template.”

“We will be adopting open and transparent approaches that will leverage technology and provide residents and stakeholders in different sectors of the State economy with on-the-go tools that will promote objective assessment of the government.
“We urged all stakeholders from the Local, State and Federal Government level to adopt this approach in the assessment of the performance of appointed and elected public officials in Nigeria.

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“On a quarterly basis, we intend to provide update on our effort in this respect and call on all stakeholders to support this initiative tagged “Political Meter”.

“We observed with concerns, the confusion and frustration over how people find it difficult to objectively assess the performance of the government. The common practice is to benchmark the performance of a new administration with that of its predecessor(s).”

“This is the gap that “Political Meter” intends to fill. We want all stakeholders irrespective of political, social, economic or religious leaning to adopt this approach and tool to jointly assess the performance of the government.”

“It is our considered opinion that if we continue to benchmark the performance of present administration with previous ones, it will distract the government from pursuing its own blueprint which must have been result of years of experience and painstaking efforts in the journey towards the political office.”

“In the last one year, Nigeria Meter has taken time to documents the promises made by public officials before, during and after the 2019 general elections as a way of promoting good governance through transparency and accountability.”

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“It is on this basis that we noted that in the Manifesto of Prince Dapo Abiodun tagged “Building our future together”, he promised to move Ogun State forward by touching areas such as Good Governance, Security, Economic Development, Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Tourism, Water/Electricity, Oil and Gas, and Social Welfare.”

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“We have also documented extensive implementation strategies to adopted to achieve the above promises as contained in Governor Abiodun’s inaugural speech. These came under the headings of Public Service Reform, Empowerment of Local Government Council, Transparent Public Finance Management, Security, Employment Trust Fund, Physical Infrastructure, Education, Health, Agriculture and Food Security, Industry, Trade and Investment, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), as well as Tourism and Entertainment Industry.”

About Nigeria Meter
The platform, Nigeria Meter was established on Friday 1st, February, 2019 to promote good governance through accountability and transparency in Nigeria.

Nigeria Meter is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) cum special media platform dedicated to documenting electoral promises of politicians and government officials with a view at monitoring their actual implementations and accomplishments. The purpose of this platform is to make the government accountable to the people with a bid to promote good governance.
Nigeria Meter employs multimedia contents on different social media platforms and public engagements to promote its cause. It plans to also have dedicated radio and television programmes to achieve the objectives of the organisation.

Through this platform, Nigeria Meter put public figures to account. The promises they made must be documented and be seen to have been met or fulfilled and the people have the right to explanation on area of failure or unkept promises.
This platform is expected to promote good governance and put government officials on their toes to deliver dividend of democracy to the people as contained in Chapter II and IV of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) This platform derives its duties, responsibilities and power from Sections 22 and 39 of the constitution.

Our CCC Approach
At Nigeria Meter we adopt the CCC approach to trail, document and assess the activities of government in area of delivery of dividend of democracy in Nigeria. It is a platform dedicated for following up on projects promised/ commenced, (un)completed by the government. In line with democratic principles, the platform wants the people to be part of governance and development process in the country, hence, their views will be sought in projects’ initiation/conception, and implementation.

Caveat

It must be noted that we are not out to bring down any individual or organisations whether as politicians, political officeholders, political parties or government; we are committed to contributing our quota to the development of Nigeria. We are all out to be part of the development process through intensive and extensive reportage of government activities in terms of projects conceptions and executions. We shall “praise” and “knock” where necessary. The metrics of success of public officers and government are the promises, programmes and manifestoes laid out from the beginning. This is the gap Nigeria Meter intends to fill.

Mission
To serve as the most authoritative platform for monitoring activities of government and its officials in order make them accountable to the people in the delivery of good governance.
Vision
To be the foremost platform in Nigeria that brings government closer to the people and makes its officials accountable and transparent in their activities.
Objectives
To bring government closer to the people
To promote transparency and accountability in governance in Nigeria
To encourage good governance
To facilitate full involvement of people in governance (democratic participant)
To conduct constructive criticism of government
To investigate activities of government or project implementation
To provide government with the platform to reach and engage the people
To serve as avenue of assessing the acceptability of government’s programmes, projects, policies and other activities
And any other activities to promote good governance

Implementation Strategies
Documenting electoral promises, policy statements, and other activities of the government – By our staff and/or members of the public and verified by Nigeria Meter
Occasional Reminders of promises made
Count Down to the fulfilment of a promise
Set alarm/reminder to deadline of promises, fulfilment, implementation or stalemate
Comprehensive report on fulfilment/non-fulfilment
Research
Opinion poll/Feedback
Advocacy/Enlightenment

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