Jonathan re­sus­ci­tates pub­lic ser­vice re­form c’ttee

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has ap­proved the re­sus­ci­ta­tion of the Na­tional Steer­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ser­vice Re­forms af­ter it went mori­bund since 2008, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Bureau of Pub­lic Ser­vice Re­form (BPSR) Dr. Joe Abah yes­ter­day. The com­mit­tee is the high­est de­ci­sion mak­ing body son pub­lic re­forms.

He said the Na­tional Strat­egy on Pub­lic Ser­vice Re­forms which was first pre­pared in 2009 has now been for­mally adopted by govern­ment among oth­ers.

Dr. Abah was speak­ing dur­ing the open­ing of a train­ing work­shop for res­i­dent in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers for Min­istries, De­part­ments and Agencies (MDAs) of federal govern­ment.

He chal­lenged heads of in­for­ma­tion units of the federal min­istries, agencies and paras­tatals (MDAs) to pos­i­tively en­gage the me­dia to com­mu­ni­cate govern­ment poli­cies and pro­grams to the gen­eral pub­lic.

He said given that pub­lic dis­course in Nigeria is of­ten dom­i­nated by pol­i­tics, “many cit­i­zens are not aware of govern­ment ef­forts to im­prove lives.”

The BPSR boss urged the par­tic­i­pants “to treat mem­bers of the press as part­ners in progress, rather than ad­ver­saries.”

He em­pha­sised that “as pub­lic ser­vants, we must be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions and ex­plain govern­ment pol­icy. We must re­spond to free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quests and en­gage in proac­tive dis­clo­sure.”

Ear­lier, the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the federal min­istry of in­for­ma­tion, Mr. Em­manuel Ag­be­gir who rep­re­sented the In­for­ma­tion min­is­ter Labaran Maku said the work­shop was to horn the skills of in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers on the best way to com­mu­ni­cate govern­ment re­forms to the pub­lic.

He said the world was not a static place which re­quired that staff are trained on new strate­gies.

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