Why Govt, Universities Must Work Together to Drive Reforms–BPSR


There is need for both the government and universities in the country to work together towards implementing critical reforms that will boost service delivery not only in the public service, but across Nigerian Ivory Towers, says Mr. Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi.

Arabi, the Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), stated this when he received a delegation of the Postgraduate Representative Council of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.

Members of the representative council visited the Bureau’s helmsman following a ‘brilliant’ lecture Arabi gave at their school, recently.

The lecture, delivered at a symposium organized by ABU Zaria Faculty of Administration, was titled, “Reforms and the Nigerian Public Service Institution: Leadership, Governance and Service Delivery”.

The BPSR Director General, who explained that policies and programmes of government that are essential abound, however noted that the gap is around implementation and driving the policies in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

According to Arabi, the meeting between their Bureau and the PG council has opened a fora for engagement between practice and theory.

He further disclosed that one of the policies BPSR is driving is the actualization of the e-government masterplan “to make sure we digitalized the process of delivering services by government MDAs”.

“So, there is need for reforms. And we must ensure that our reform agenda is actualized and implemented,” said the Bureau’s DG.

Leader of the ABU Zaria PG representative council, Comrade Lukman Upahi, while speaking, noted that the essence of their visit is to establish a mutual relationship with the Bureau.

Upahi, who maintained that reforms should not stop at the federal level, said the need to champion reforms on entrepreneurship to address the problem of youth unemployment cannot be underscored.

“BPSR should also look into the issue of moral decadence, and cultism in Nigerian universities, as embarking on sensitization campaigns on the ills of these social ills is part of its mandates,” he said.

Aliyu Umar Aliyu,
Principal Information Office,