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BPSR DG Wins Award, Donates N500,000 award To Blind Children’s Home.
The director-general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dr Joe Abah, last week, attracted huge applause when he donated the proceeds of an award by the bureau to the FCT School for Blind Children, Utako, Abuja.
Dr. Joe Abah with N500,000 award cheque
The bureau which won the award for regulation and service delivery, for its prompt delivery to mails from the public (four days) and for effective, efficient service delivery, was voted the winner of the award by the general public and a few participating ministries, agencies and departments of government.
The award was created by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) for the most outstanding public institutions.
However, when Dr Joe Abah stepped onto the podium to accept both awards, he donated the sum of N500,000 to a charity, the FCT School for Blind Children.
“Matter of fact, I feel happy and proud that the bureau was recognised for all it has been doing. We actually respond to mails in four hours. Public service is about accountability, so when people send you mails wanting to know what you have done with the resources you have ben availed with, you have to be prompt with your answer.
“This award will make my staff very proud and make them worker harder than they have and re-dedicate themselves to the service of the country.”
According to Abah, the decision to award the money to the charity was quite easy.
“My father was blind before his death, so, I’ve always had an interest in preventing blindness and encouraging those who are in that way to find ways of uplifting themselves above that circumstance.”
The BPSR head thumbed-up the voting process of the awards and hailed its organisers for their transparency.
“We had a plug-in app on our website, people were able to vote via sms and, on the whole, it was convincingly credible. Better, no one has asked us for a dime.
“Wining the price is icing on the cake, but it came in the process of doing our duty; rendering service to the nation. I will encourage other agencies of government to always avail people of their service and answer questions as often as they are asked; because it helps the people have a better knowledge of how government works,” Abah said.
Other public service institutions that were honoured alongside the BPSR include the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Industry (BoI), Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Debt Management Office (DMO), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Ministry of Finance, amongst others.