BENIN CITY – The Individual Performance Appraisal System (IPAS) has been described as an evolving digital process with renewed method and performance assessment of the public and civil servants with a view to enhancing Service Delivery and efficient Manpower in the State.

Speaking yesterday at the John Odigie-Oyegun Public Service Academy, Benin City, during an interactive session for Directors and Officers of Grade Level 15 to 17, the Resource person, Mr. Ojo Akin-Longe emphasised that IPAS in Edo State is scheduled to replace the old APER system of Appraisal and performance Assessment in the public service.

Mr. Ojo said the IPAS will encourage timeliness in the system and enable defined standards in the areas of machines, capital, labour and human resources. He added that it will help the Edo State Civil Service to calibrate performance system and management process to be able to get the right objectives and original goals of the Service.

The performance assessment and appraisals according to Mr. Ojo, are essentially motivated by deliberate and non deliberate drivers such as original goals, plan and objectives, departmental and team deliverables and individual tasks and target parameters.

Others include accountability, structured method and performance measurement as well as success outcomes, competitive pressures, recognition and reward system. It will also help staff to express their views and wishes, develop their career plans, including training and development.

Mr. Ojo added that the Appraisal will help the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to put individual and team performance in into context, especially as it affects Accountability, Responsibility, Performance and Service Delivery.

It will also allow comparison and recognition based on agreed criteria and set targets; by putting into proper account, capacity, competence and ranking, along the principles of timelines, evaluation and measurement.

Some specific areas considered necessary for assessment, appraisal and evaluation include Work capability, leadership, organisation, initiative and work relationship. Others are Communication skills, decision making and leadership potentials of individual to organise, delegate and control as well as appraisal cost, commercial and political sentiments.