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Friday, 22 September 2017 14:23

BPSR SIGNS MOU WITH DFID

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The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of International Development- Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (DFID-PERL) on governance reform issues and service effective delivery to the Nigerian people.

 

Whistelblowing has been described as an act of patriotism, not an act of treachery, which is aimed at contributing to the building of a better nation for future Nigerians.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who stated this at the opening of a seminar organized by the Bureau for Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in Abuja on Tuesday, noted that most information providers under the whistleblower policy were not motivated by financial gain, but by patriotic convictions.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:15

Ag. DG BPSR WOOS DFID’S SUPPORT

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The Acting Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, (BPSR), Mr. Dasuki .I. Arabi has called on Department of International Development – Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (DFID - PERL) to  continue to support the Bureau to improve delivery of goods and services in Nigeria.
The Ag. DG who made this known during a courtesy call on DFID in their premises in Abuja recently said that with the exit of Dr. Joe Abah whose tenure expired on the 29th August, 2017, there was the need to formally introduce the new Management and to assure them that the exit of the former DG did not leave any vacuum as the transition was seamless.
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:07

Ag. DG BPSR CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF MANAGEMENT TO SUCCEED

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The Acting Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Mr Dasuki .I. Arabi has called for cooperation and understanding of the Management Staff to enable the Bureau succeed in discharging its statutory functions of reforming governance in Nigeria.

Budget office

 

THE Federal Government has commenced preparation for the 2018 budget with the training of budget officers in 800 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) across the country.

Speaking at the commencement of the training exercise in Lagos, Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Mr. Ben Akabueze, said that the training was focused on the use of the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) budget preparation module, which would be used for the first time to prepare the 2018 budget.

Akabueze who was represented by the Director, Fiscal Policy, Budget Office, Mr Anslem Anyanwu, stated: “We shall be training over 4,250 participants involved in budget preparations from over 800 Federal Government MDAs in six cities across the six geo-political zones of the country.

 “We are quite excited about this development because for the first time since its procurement we shall be using GIFMIS budget preparation module. This is the first time the MDAs will be using GIFMIS to carry out both budget preparation and budget execution.

GIFMIS will enhance the smooth and seamless linkage between budget preparation, submission, execution, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.”

Addressing journalists at the sidelines of the event, Supervisory Director, Budget Office, Mr Ibrahim Iddrisu said, “Budget preparation in the last five years has been more or less a manual basis before uploading it into a GIFMIS system. We have been executing the budget on a GIFMIS but the preparation will be manual. It has been hectic. From last year there has been an evolution where we have to prepare it online and then upload it into the GIFMIS.”

Ibrahim explained that the difference between the 2017 and 2018 budget preparations is the use of GIFMIS platform. The platform gives seamless, no difficulty, using the same module within the same system from just preparation to execution.

 

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 17:52

DR. JOE ABAH: A PRAGMATIC PUBLIC SERVICE REFORMER

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I must admit that writing an article on a boss that has inspired, mentored and brought out the best in you and other staff, is slightly an arduous task to perform.
As Murray Newlands puts it, “effective leaders inspire movements that exist only when people choose to move in the same direction. Without a leader, movements fragment and get nowhere. The leader’s job is to inspire people to work together in the service of something greater than themselves”.
Dr. Joe Abah assumed duty as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in 2013. Before his assumption of office, the Bureau, to say the least, lacked effective leadership, vision, focus and was literarily adrift. It was a reform house in need of internal reform. The first task of the new Director-General was to carry out “effective internal cleaning”. The Departments were renamed, given new specific responsibilities, Heads of the Departments and staff were also moved around taking into consideration of their skills and orientations.
-          Dr. Joe Abah (Ph.D) attended University of Calabar from 1981 – 1985, holds a Bachelor of Laws LL.B (Hons) Degree. Called to the Bar by the Nigeria Law School, Lagos, 1986.
-          Holds a Ph.D. from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University, Netherlands where he is presently serving as a visiting Lecturer. His area of focus is Governance and Public Policy Analysis.
-          Dr. Joe Abah reckons with the fact that Public Sector reforms in the developing counties like Nigeria are influenced by policy experiments, policy inconsistency, and lack of political will/commitments by the leaders. He embraced from day one, the need to develop a range of public management models that are appropriate in different contexts and putting the needs and interests of citizens at the heart of public service reforms.
-          He has been consistent on the view that you cannot discuss public service reforms in isolation without taking into cognizance the structures of government, especially the MDAs, its degree of meritocracy, neutrality or otherwise of its civil servants, mechanisms for policy making and coordination for coherent unified programme implementation.

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Pupils in the class

 

Federal Government has ordered the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to separate Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge in the basic education curriculum.

 

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, gave the order yesterday in Abuja, at the meeting of Ministers of Education with education stakeholders from six geo-political zones and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

The meeting attended by the commissioners for Education from various states of the federation was part of the ongoing efforts to strengthen the partnership within the three tiers of government in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4 (SDG4).

 

The minister noted that Nigeria has selected the Goal 4 of the SDGs, which emphasises inclusive and quality education for all and promotion of lifelong learning, for implementation in view of the importance of education as a fulcrum to national development.

 

Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said the directive to separate the subjects becomes imperative in view of the various complaints by Nigerians, especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)that has been vociferous about the issue.

 

He noted that the collapse of the subjects was not done by the current administration as it was an effort by the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to reduce the number of subjects offered by pupils and students in schools.

 

According to him, “There is this controversy over the merger of CRK and IRK in the school curriculum. There were complaints by parents that children were overloaded with so many subjects and the recommendation then was to merge one or two subjects. Unfortunately, water and oil were merged together and it is not working.”

 

The minister also noted in his keynote address the commitment of the Federal Government to revamping the education sector and appealed to the state governments as well as relevant stakeholders to support the federal government’s effort.

 

He noted that the federal government was aware that in the journey towards achieving the Education 2030 Agenda, key issues including the phenomenon of out-of-school children, insecurity in and around the schools and infrastructure decay must be addressed.

 

The minister said there was also the need to have credible and reliable data, and how to address the challenge of poor teacher quality as well as teacher gaps, low carrying capacity in tertiary institutions, and poor learning outcomes.

 

He said: “We recognise that the task of revamping the education sector is challenging, the ministry of education cannot do it alone. Our task is to coordinate national efforts to meet our national goals and objectives.

 

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US Consul General John Bray

 US Consul General, John Bray

 

The United States Government has offered 150 Nigerian students within the Lagos Consulate District scholarships worth $2m to study in various universities in the US.

Out of the students, seven who applied through the EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Programme was granted fully-funded scholarships.

Speaking on Tuesday at the 2017 Pre-Departure Orientation Programme for the students, the US Consul General, John Bray, said five of the seven students who got full scholarships were travelling for their postgraduate studies, while the remaining two were going for their first-degree programmes.

Quoting the latest Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report, Bray said Nigeria had experienced a remarkable increase in the number of students pursuing higher education in the US.

According to the report, about 10,674 Nigerians are studying at more than 730 colleges and universities in the US, making Nigeria the leading source of African students in the country.

Bray counselled the students to comport themselves creditably in the US, asking them to be good ambassadors for Nigeria.

“I urge you to be exceptional ambassadors for Nigeria and to take seriously your responsibilities to be good citizens and scholars, just as I wish you great success in your chosen academic fields and a fulfilling experience in the US,” he said.



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The house of representatives has asked the ministry of education not to group subjects like Christian religious studies (CRS) and Islamic religious studies (IRS) under civic education.

In the revised universal basic education curriculum implemented by the Nigerian educational research and development council (NERDC), both subjects were grouped under civic education.

At plenary on Tuesday, Beni Lar, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker from Plateau state, opposed the compulsory inclusion of religious education in the revised curriculum.

Lar charged his colleagues to look into the issue which has sparked controversy in the country.

After a debate, the lower legislative chamber adopted the motion to ask the ministry of education not to merge the subjects.

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Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation.

 

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday said that the economic recession in the country is not as bad as witnessed some months ago.

Amaechi, who has assured that the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail would be completed by December 2018, said this in a chat with newsmen in Lagos.

Admitting that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must improve the economy, Amaechi said Nigerians should equally know that the economy was very bad when the present government took over.

His words: “When the recession was biting, people were shouting recession. Now that it is no longer as biting, though there is still recession it is not as biting as before, there is an improvement, true or false?

“Whether it is little or not, there is an improvement. Don’t forget that when we came, the economy was very bad, nobody wants to remember that.

“I agree with people that put up the agreement that ‘we should shut up our mouth and work, that we knew there was a problem and that was why we asked to be voted in and that was why we were voted in’.

“So I agree with them but they should acknowledge first that there was a problem.

“We are addressing the issues and you must give us time to rebuild. Rebuilding is not one day, it doesn’t happen one day, does it?’‎”

 

Culled from Daily Post.

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