BPSR Commends SGF over Assistance to NASC
The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has been commended for approving the constitution of a technical Committee to assist the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) implement the recommendations of the report of Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) deployed at the Council by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in 2018.
The commendation was given recently by the Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) Mr. D. I. Arabi at the maiden stakeholders Technical Working Committee meeting on the implementation of the recommendations, in Abuja.
Mr. D. I. Arabi stated that the constitution of the Technical Working Committee had become necessary to fast-track the implementation of the report on Self-Assessment Tool deployed at the Council by the Bureau, in collaboration with DFID-PERL, noting that the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation anxiously awaited the outcome of the Committee’s work.
Speaking earlier, Chioma Itodo of DFID, commended the Director-General, BPSR for promoting inter-agency collaboration as it had helped government agencies achieve tangible results in the quality of service delivered to the citizens and advised NASC to certify every seed for authentication before usage.
Speaking, the Director, Human Resources Management, National Agricultural Seed Council, Dr. Salisu Ahmad thanked the Director-General and other stakeholders for their commitment and resilience towards the Council’s implementation of the Self-Assessment Tool and thanked the Director-General, BPSR for the inter-agency collaboration noting that the collaboration was necessary to the implementation of government policies and programmes.
Responding to requests by the Council for the deployment of ICT infrastructure in the Council, Akintayo Ayodele-Bamisaye of Galaxy Backbone stated that it was imperative for their on-site Needs Assessment visit to the Council to ascertain the level of intervention necessary in the Council.
On the NASC’s Housing Policy, the DG, BPSR advised the NASC Management to key-in to the Federal Government FISH Housing Policy being managed by OHCSF or other housing schemes being implemented by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
Aliyu Umar A.
Ag. Head, Strategic Communication
FG Okays Committee on Rebranding Public Service Information Management
Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the constitution of a Technical Working Committee on Rebranding-Information Management in the Federal Public Service.
Speaking at a two-day training workshop on Reform Communication and Rebranding of Information Officer, organized by the Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR), Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) who represented the Federal Government at the event disclosed that the Technical Working Committee will have as members:
(a) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation
(b) Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
(c) Federal Ministry of Justice
(d) Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
(e) Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON)
(f) Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) as Member/Secretary
The SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha commended the efforts of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in collaboration with the European Union support to the Federal Governance Reform Programme (EU-SUFEGOR) to put together the training for information management in the Federal Public Service.
While delivering his keynote address, the SGF highlighted some of the objectives of the workshop as follows:
(i) To improve the capacity of the Information Officer to communicate effectively using simple easy-to-understand language;
(ii) Increase the ability of the Information Officer to communicate government policies and programmes graphically using modern information technology and other social media;
(iii) Further deepen understanding of the freedom of Information Act;
(iv) Improve ability to choose the most cost-effective means and channels of communication; and
(v) Strengthen ability of the information officers to communicate government reform initiatives and actions to stakeholders and citizens.
Assuring the participants of the present administration’s unflinching support towards enhancing their working environment, Mr. Boss Mustapha’s enjoined them to put maximum use of the knowledge gained towards the realization of Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari’s Next Level Agenda.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Director-General (BPSR) Mr. D. I. Arabi, stated that to further improve on quality of information released to the public by information officers in MDAs, BPSR, in collaboration with APCON and other stakeholders is embarking on a programme to re-brand Nigeria Public Service with special emphasis on management of information aimed at efficient and smarter public service.
The workshop which drew forty (40) Information Officer from (40) MDAs ended on Wednesday, 15th May, 2019.
ALIYU UMAR A.
Ag. HEAD, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION (BPSR)