Tuesday, 13 May 2014


Dr. Joe Abah, receiving M.O.U from Amb. Bashir Yuguda, Minister of National Planning.
The director of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dr. Joe Abah, has hailed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the European Union and the Federal Government of Nigeria, saying it will make reforms aimed at the Nigerian civil service quicker and more effective, as well as give it a global outlook.

During the ceremony which took place on Tuesday at the office of the head of service of the Federation, DG Abah commended the EU for coming to assist the nation achieve her goals as related to public service reforms programme and explained that though the strategy was first drawn up in 2009, the current set-up will revisit the document and see to the implementation of these reforms by the steering committees to be inaugurated at a later date.

Dr. Abah added that the collaboration would aid proper coordination, execution and dissemination of information related to these reforms, as well as the generation of manpower revenue.

The BPSR DG also assured that the 20 billion Euros, which the EU has pledged to donate within the period of five years, will be used for specific purposes for which the funds were earmarked. Dr. Abah also urged the beneficiaries – the National Planning Commission (NPC), the Federal Revenue Inland Service (FIRS), Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (OHSF), the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) – to make use of the funds wisely, by working with their heads to bring about actualisation.

The supervising chairman of the NPC, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, in his reaction said the reforms were long overdue, since the nation has looked forward to the strengthening of the capacity of her civil servants and arming them with the necessary know-how on how best to handle and apply the reforms.

(Source - Onukogu Kanayo Jubal for The Leadership)

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