Monday, 8 September 2014


The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) has made a public presentation of the book: “The Challenges of Transforming the Civil Service: The Reforms of Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji” in honour of the former Head of Service, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji. The presentation of the book which chronicles his achievements took place recently at a public ceremony to honour him for uplifting the Civil service during his 15- month tenure as the helmsman of the Civil Service.

While presenting the book, the Director- General of the Bureau, Dr. Joe Abah, said that the book was published by the Bureau to provide a public record of reform efforts under Alhaji Aji and to explain why some actions were taken, the difficulties, the challenges and the consequences of such actions. He added that the book puts the monumental achievements of Alhaji Aji in the public space and sets up for posterity what has been done and what needs to be done without attempting to tie the hands of successors.

While reviewing the book, “The Challenges of Transforming the Civil Service”, Dr. Olaopa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication Technology described it as a capsule highlighting Alhaji Aji’s reform efforts in institutionalizing professionalism in the Civil Service that would lead to a world class institution of government that would be able to deploy global and local best practices toward an effective service delivery. He also praised his efforts in realizing that staff welfare was of paramount importance to the worker without which the organization would not succeed.

Dr. Olaopa pointed out that it was to his credit that BPSR was removed from the office of the Head of Service with a Director-General as head of the lead reform agency to coordinate the reform mandates in the MDAs.

He further praised him for restructuring the Office of the Head of Service, for the divestment of pension administration hitherto performed by the Head of Service and for the collaboration with the Federal Civil Service Commission which if sustained would ginger transformation rooted in shared vision.

In eulogizing the man whom he described as a natural leader, an achiever, a detribalized, patriotic Nigerian, Dr. Olaopa said:”Alhaji Aji has inscribed his achievements in the annals of administrative history in Nigeria by taking critical steps when they matter most to redirect and re-establish the ailing Nigerian Civil Service system.”

Responding in his characteristic humble manner, Alhaji Aji said he did not really do anything new but only accelerated and added value to the things that other people had designed.

He expressed profound gratitude to the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation. He also thanked the Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo and other members of the Federal Executive Council for the support he needed to perform his duties.

As he concluded his speech, there was a standing ovation closely followed by fireworks as the book: “The challenges of transforming the civil service” was presented by Alhaji Yayale Ahmed in conjunction with another book: “The Quintessential Civil Servant” sponsored by the body of Permanent Secretaries.

Dignitaries present included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim Pius who represented the President, Directors of Federal and State Ministries, Members of the Armed Forces, Diplomats among others.

Source- BPSR Website

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