The Director General of Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dr Joe Abah, has briefed Chief Executive officers (CEOs) of various Agencies and Parastatals in the country on the state of reforms in the Public Service, particularly in the light of recent merging of some Ministries from hitherto 42 Ministries to 24, as part of the cost cutting measures of the Buhari’s Administration.
The Steering Committee on Reforms chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has led to the development of a 10-year strategy for reforming Nigeria’s Public Service. The strategy is founded on four pillars each led by a named Agency. They are Improving the Governance and Institutional Environment led by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Improving the Socio-Economic Environment led by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning; Improving Public Financial Management led by the Ministry of Finance; and Improving Civil Service Administration led by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service.
The Bureau of Public Service Reforms has developed a guide on “How to Manage and Reform Government Agencies and Parastatals”.
The document provides practical guidance to Chief Executives of Agencies and Parastatals on best practice in managing Government establishments. It covers issues such as managing Boards, Procurement, Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Service Delivery and Change Management.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Engr. Babachir David Lawal has approved the reconstitution of the White Paper Implementation Committee on the Restructuring and Rationalisation of Agencies, Parastatals and Commissions.
The members are Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Chairman), Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Ministers of Transportation, Education, Finance, Health, Industry, Trade and Investment, Science and Technology and Information and Culture, Minister of State for Transportation (Aviation), Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission and Dr. Joe Abah, Director General of BPSR as Secretary.
It will be recalled that the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) was part of the Committee on the Review of the mandate, functions and Structure of Ministries inaugurated by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita on 17th November, 2015 sequel to the reduction of the number of Ministries to twenty four by government.
The Committee submitted its report in January 2016 with a recommendation that BPSR should lead a team of organizational development experts from Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation to deepen the work on restructuring all Ministries.