Continuing from part 3
Now have set these objectives and specific deliverables, we will include accountability criteria for each minister and actions that will be taken should they fail to hold their end of the bargain.
- Each minister will be issued a pass or fail mark per each of his deliverables within his ministry. One is only considered to be successful if he/she attains the objectives and deliverable as outlined. So if for example the housing minister should delivery an average of 1000 house per yr. and fails to that over a two year period he gets a grade of zero, if he delivers he gets a score of one.
- A minister will only be allowed to continue in his capacity as minister if he is successful in delivery at a rate of 70% or greater by the end of year three, failing this will result in his removal and replacement. Being an elected member government our constitution does not allow for him to be removed from office but he can be reassigned to some other role within government for which he may be better suited.
E.g. the minister has ten set of deliverables. He fails at three and is given zero, but is successful at 7 and given a one for each, his grade thus becomes 70%. This will allow him to continue but now he is in danger of losing his position as he is sitting at the point where failure is almost imminent.
- Ministers must live up to ethical standards and so any minister or MP who is runs afoul of the law, and is either arrested and charged or merely accused must recluse himself as a member of the government or opposition. We cannot have a country run by a set of corrupt people who have immense power in their hands.
- No minister not even the Prime Minister is above the law and therefore can be arrested and charged if he runs afoul of the law. He will be offered no special privileges. In the unlikely event that a Prime Minister is arrested and charged, the Deputy will assume the reins of power until general election is held.
- The ministers will give annual progress report during the budget speech, which will now be known as annual review time. Here he will tell us his achievements over the past twelve months, and his plans to correct where he is failing for the upcoming year.
- An independent body will be setup to monitor each of the Key performance indicators by each minister/ ministry and they too will provide update to the people via a sitting of the parliament and via the electronic media.
- The body will provide quarterly reports on each of the above which will allow for the people to measure the performance of the minister.
In addition there should be some educational requirement which is specific to the task ie we should define the requirements of each job similar to how its done in the private sector.
Eg. Minister of National security should posses the following attributes/qualification.
- a. A degree in management preferable with criminology being a part of that program
- b. Five years experience in senior management position.
Minister of Education.
- a. A degree in management with a bias towards education
- b. Five years experience in a senior management position.
- Proven track record of meeting specified targets.
While in government we cannot pay the same as in the private sector, I believe that the salary should be competitive and should not be less than say 70% of what this persons could get holding a senior management position in a private sector company. If we are going to give people responsibility and hold their hands to the fire, they should be properly compensated.
I know there are many people who will say
- It cannot work, nowhere in the world is there such a system and there is no way our politicians will agree to work with such a system.
- This man must be a mad man, how does he expect this to work.
- This is Jamaica we are talking about such a system cannot work.
Thanks for reading my ranting.