The Bureau of Public Service Reforms, one of the Agencies under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) made a presentation on its activities to President Muhammadu Buhari on 27th August 2015 at the State House, Abuja.
During the presentation, the Director General of the Bureau, Dr. Joe Abah traced the history of the Bureau and set out its mandates which are implementation, coordination, harmonization and communication of the Public Service Reforms. He provided Mr. President with an update of reform activities till date, stressing that the primary purpose of all public service reforms must be tangible improvements in public services experienced by citizens.
D. Abah gave highlights of the contents of the Compendium of Reforms 1999-2014, National Strategy on Public Service Reforms, and its new publication on How to Manage AND Reform Agencies and Parastatals. The Director General also briefed the President on the Bureau’s special interventions in NDDC and NEPAD.
The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) commences Pre-retirement training programme for retired/retiring Officers of Federal Parastatals in the six Geo-political zones of the country on Monday, 7th December, 2015.
The aim of the training is to equip Officers with skills on how to manage their retirement benefits, their health, relationships and socio-economic environment outside of Government service.
The Officers in the North- West zone are to converge at Maharaja Hotel, No. 1 independence Way by Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna.
Those in the North- Central will meet at Reverton Hotels Ltd, No. 1-5, Kunama Crescent, behind Kogi Hotel, GRA Lokoja, Kogi State.
Their counterparts from North – East zone will hold theirs at Custodian Hotel, Opp. Sub-Treasury Office, along Bauchi road, Gombe, Gombe State.
Similarly, participants from the South-South zone will have theirs in Da Civic Centre, 79 Airport Road, Benin City, Edo State.
Furthermore, those from the South- East zone will be trained at Filbon Hotel, 127 Upper Chime Avenue, New Heaven, Enugu, Enugu State while those from the South-West will train at Lagos Public Service Development Centre (PSSDC), 5-39 PSSDC Road, Magodo, GRA Ikeja, Lagos, Lagos State.
The Officers are to be in their respective Centres on Monday 7th December, 2015 by 8:00 am prompt for registration for the one week training. They are adviced to come with identification/PENCOM identification and letters of disengagement from service including their bank details.
For further details, see “The Guardian” newspaper of Monday, 30th November, 2015 and “The Daily Trust” newspaper of Tuesday, 1st December, 2015 or call: 08033288190 or 08036425807.
The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) has been awarded the most outstanding Public Institutions award in the category of prompt response to mails. The award was presented to the Director General of the Bureau, Dr. Joe Abah during the unveiling of service delivery report for most outstanding Public Institutions in Nigeria 2014-2015 on Monday 30th November, 2015 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) – Centre for Transparency Advocacy.
The Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms passed on the award of five hundred thousand Naira to the FCT School for blind children, Utarko, Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, elated Dr. Abah dedicated the award to staff of the Bureau without whose dedication and commitment, the feat would not have been achieved. He further revealed that the mail that clinched the award for the Bureau was actually responded to within four hours. He thanked the ISDMG for its transparent and robust method of choosing outstanding Public Institutions for receipt of awards.
The Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF), Mr. Danladi Kifasi has urged Civil Servants to focus their energies in providing timely and qualitative service to members of the public.
Mr. Kifasi who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Dr. Amina Shamakin made this known recently in Kaduna at a training workshop on National Strategy on Public Service Reforms (NSPSR) organized by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) and the European Union (EU) for Directors of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement in Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals and the beneficiary Agencies of the European Union Support for Federal Governance Reform Programme ( EU- SUFEGOR)
The HOS while calling on Civil Servants to ensure successful implementation of government’s policies and programmes, urged them to create the enabling environment needed for private sector and civil society to thrive and develop.
He further said that the workshop is to clearly delineate the roles of the Reform Coordination Department within the execution of the NSPSR which is a comprehensive long-term agenda of the government designed in line with vision 20:2020 and supposed to launch Nigeria as one of the 20 leading economies by 2020.
Mr. Kifasi frowned at the negative image the Civil Service has come to acquire over the years and called for a change of attitude that will enable them to contribute their own quota to the emergence of a Civil Service that would meet the challenges of globalization.
In his keynote address, the Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr. Joe Abah urged the Government to take a holistic review of the Stephen Oronsanye report and the subsequent Government whitepaper in the proposed merger arrangement of Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Parastatals.
Dr. Abah lauded President Buhari’s directive on the implementation of the Treasury Single Account to curtail big revenue generating agencies from unauthorized spending, adding that it was part of the 10 year NSPSR document developed by BPSR for Public Service Reforms.
In his welcome address, the Director, Reform Coordination, Mr. Yamusa Bin said the objective of the training workshop was to expose the directors of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement to the essential elements of the NSPSR.
The Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr. Joe Abah has said that access to information is a human right and that the rights have been domesticated in the African continent by the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which promotes the rights to seek and receive information within the law.
Dr. Abah made these remarks at the opening ceremony of the training workshop on the Freedom of Information Act for staff of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms from grade levels 12 and above organised by a Non-Governmental organization, Right to know (R2K) in Abuja on Wednesday June 10th 2015. He revealed that Nigeria joined more than 90 Countries of the World in enacting FOI Act in 2011 and that with the quest for improved governance in Nigeria, the FOI presents an excellent opportunity to increase the accountability of Public Servants to the populace, including the media, civil society organisations and individual citizens. He added that the proper use of the FOI will also curb the tendency for impunity in those that exercise state power.
He concluded by showering encomiums on of R2K because according to him the free training is a good example of how civil society can collaborate with government, non-adversarially in pursuit of common objectives.
The one-day workshop on FOI dwelt on understanding key elements of FOI, implications for all public institutions, possible challenges and existing global comparative jurisprudence on FOI.