GARKI, ABUJA, NIGERIA.
NIMC Wants NIN Mandatory for All Govt Services, Solicits BPSR's Help
Aliyu Umar Aliyu,
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has scored 92.25 per cent at the recent self assessment tool (SAT) deployed by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) to monitor its performance.
The tool was deployed in May 2022, with the overall objective of identifying the NPA’s strengths and weaknesses as a first step towards improvement and optimal performance.
Presenting the report of the assessment at NPA headquarters virtually, BPSR Director-General, Dasuki I. Arabi, said the tool, which has to its credit a United Nation Award is among the best innovation emanating from the bureau to rank, reposition and reengineer organizational performance for delivery the gains of good governance.
According to him, “At the end of the independent self-assessment, the validated assessment and in-depth
analysis of processes and practices of the agency, the findings and outcome adjudged NPA as a Level 5 ‘Platinum Level ‘organization i.e. ‘Exceptional Performance with performance level of 91.25%.
“This means that NPA performance far exceeded expectations due to exceptionally high quality of work in all essential areas of responsibility, resulting in an overall quality of work that is superior, exceptional or unique.
“It is worthy of note that the whole process of the assessment was free from both internal and external influence. While we commend critical mass of staff of the NPA for commitment and cooperation they displayed throughout the exercise, it is imperative to also state that there
were certain members who were lackadaisical in their attitude to the very important national exercise of the Federal Government,” Arabi explained.
He then advised NPA to give wholesome attention to the recommendations as an important organ among the generating agencies of the Federal Government.
The DG also said when the Bureau received a marching order in November, 2019 to deploy the tool in all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), there were three key
objectives in focus, namely: determine the current strengths and weaknesses of an Organization through an assessment of processes and practices; identify priority areas for action and plan to address gaps from the assessment; showcase and celebrate good practice.
“We must commend the patience and focus with which NPA worked with the
BPSR SAT team to see all the objectives successfully realized. This is an important reform exercise which noticeably would boost NPA’s contribution to government effort to
reposition and enhance the national economy,” the BPSR DG added.
Some of the findings of the assessment include; the Board understands its roles and responsibilities to NPA and performs them in accordance with extant provisions and guidelines, the board ensures the development and implementation of clear policies to guide operational leadership and responsiveness of NPA to stakeholders needs, absence of conflict or duplication of roles between the function of NPA and the supervisory Ministry among others.
Responding, the NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said they were very pleased with the report and have the mandate of improving on the gaps identified in it.
Koko, who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the authority, Ms Adenrele Adesina, also commended the BPSR for what he described as fair and objective assessment.
“This kind of exercise is very useful because it focuses everybody's mind. We will take this report, as it will help us to design processes and priorities for the coming year.
“I firmly believes that there is much that can be achieved in public service. NPA is a mini Nigeria, so it's a perfect institution to demonstrate what is possible within Public service. We look forward to working with you in the next circle of the exercise,” Ms Adesina added.
Ag. Head, Strategic Communication (BPSR)
15th December, 2022.
Nigeria records remarkable improvement in open governance as BPSR receives report on transparency, integrity in MDAs
The Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW) has said that its study has shown remarkable improvement in the performance of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the core areas of open governance and transparency in Nigeria.
The Chairman, CeFTIW Board of Trustees, Amb. Angela Nworgu, confirmed this in Abuja, while presenting Transparency and Integrity Index, Public Service Diaries and Probes Monitor Portals, jointly conducted with the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR).
She said the ultimate goal of the event was in furtherance of the commitment of the Federal Government and the center’s efforts at promoting transparency and accountability in the nation’s public service, and good governance in general.
The BoT Chairman explained that the initiative was developed to monitor public sector expenditure and provide same to the public. It also monitors issues relating to the integrity of public officers as well as public institutions’ responsiveness to public scrutiny.
Amb. Nworgu said, “Today, we are gathered to present three of our other interventions aimed at promoting transparency in the public sector.
“Firstly, the Transparency and Integrity Index (TII) is one of the Center’s flagship projects supported by the MacArthur Foundation. It was borne out of the need to strengthen existing preventive mechanisms in combating corruption; especially given the concern that huge resources are deployed every year to prosecute corruption without corresponding decrease in incidents.
“Secondly, today’s program will see the presentation of the Public Service Diaries platform developed in partnership with the BPSR. The PSD project leverages technology to create a platform for knowledge sharing between retired public servants and existing public officers.
“Also today, we are physically presenting our Probes Monitor Portal. The PMP was developed in view of the Center’s concerns, first and foremost, about the abuse of constitutional processes in which probe panels are constituted and either abandoned halfway or their recommendations are not implemented, a situation which continuously weakens our democratic processes. The portal hosts information on grand corruption-related probes that were made public between 1999 and 2022; to draw attention of all concerned stakeholders to the litany of abandoned probes,” she added.
She then urged citizens to take advantage of the portal and data provided thereon to demand for transparency and accountability from their elected leaders and the public sector in general.
Earlier speaking, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said the CFTiw initiative by to conduct a Transparency and Integrity Index Assessment for MDAs and other relevant government agencies, is commendable and a welcomed development towards entrenching accountability and good governance.
He said the NGO deployed the use of some parameters to ensure that the set objectives of the project are achievable.
Mustapha said, “Particularly, the six parameters employed by CFTiw namely Website Integrity, Fiscal Transparency, Open Procurement, Anti- Corruption, Citizens Engagement and Human Resources, to benchmark the 2022 assessment of MDAs are remarkable as they are critical indices to determining good governance in the society.
“It is also envisaged that the development of the Probe Monitor Portal and the Public Service diary would become a repository knowledge that would facilitate referrals for judicial prosecution, as well as provide institutional memory within Public Institutions that could deepen principles of integrity.
“Undoubtedly, the quest for Citizens’ greater responsiveness, better use of public resources and development has heightened the need for transparency of public revenues.
“The thrust of government is to ensure that through its fiscal instruments and policies, a verile and sustainable economy is attained. Government alone cannot achieve this feat, this why initiatives and support from non- State actors as exemplified by the Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch(CFTiW) is most welcomed,” the SGF added.
Similarly, the BPSR DG, Dasuki I. Arabi, described the assessment as another milestone that encourages peer review mechanism aimed at stimulating competitiveness for better performances and as well, ensure the compliance to critical indices required for national development by MDAs.
“Accordingly, the unveiling of the Probe Monitor Portal and the Public Service Diary Application is a laudable step towards creating reservoir of knowledge for judicial processes, as well as strengthening track records of Public Servants towards mentorship and promoting core ethical values within Public Institutions.
“The clamour for a transparent and accountable government ever than before became a burning issue to the people, leading to the emergence of the wave of activism into public funds and accountability. Transparency and accountability are critical for ensuring that resource is well managed for the benefit of all.
The DG highlighted some of the credible gains made by his bureau in initiating reforms, with the introduction of the reforms in Public Financial Management, where fiscal instruments have successfully blocked leakages and brought about probity in the Public Financial System in Nigeria.
Head, Strategic Communications (BPSR)
THE Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) has emerged winner of the 2022 National Freedom of Information (FoI) compliance ranking.
The rating was carried out at an event held in Abuja today organised by a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs), including The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (The ICIR), Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), and BudgiT.
Other members of the coalition include Basic Rights Watch (BRW), Right to Know (R2K) and Media Rights Agenda (MRA).
Ranked second and third were the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and the Debt Management Organisation, respectively, while the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) came fourth and fifth.
The ranking is organised annually, with this year’s event themed, ‘Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information.’
The BPSR also emerged in first place in 2020, and the number of public institutions featured in the ranking has increased from 66 in 2013 to 250 in 2022.
The CIPM International Conference and Exhibition is a major platform for intellectual and creative discourse covering various themes of contemporary global and national importance delivered by recognized Thought Leaders. The objectives of the Conference among others, include:
To enhance the Human Resource (HR) profession through deeply insightful leaning sessions
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To encourage the development of next generation of HR practices in Africa
To actively promote high standards of ethics and integrity based on a deep understanding of the Nigeria Labour Law
To create strong avenues via which we would connect , learn from and grow with the Nigerian , African and Global Academic Communities
Human resource practitioners play an important role in grooming and cultivating leaders who will lead, grow, and transform their countries for the goodwill and benefit of everyone. This year’s International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) aims to refocus human resource practitioners’ attention to their roles in nation building and national transformation, as well as the importance of leadership capacity building and human capital development in the growth and development of nation states.
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The Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Bello Hassan has revealed that the corporation has been awarded the overall first, in Ethics and Compliance Scorecard Rating for 2021 by the Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
He also said the corporation has won the second-best performing Nodal Officer of the Year 2021 by the SERVICOM Office in the Presidency, all courtesy of the introduction of Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) as part of the reform programs of Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR).
The DG was speaking at at the presentation of report on BPSR Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) Deployed in the Corporation in September, 2021.
According to him, the global quest for higher standards in the quality of service rendered by entities to their customers, calls for every responsible entity to institute mechanisms that will guarantee quality of service offered to its customers.
Accordingly to him, “Specifically, the Corporation was assessed in the broad areas of strategic governance; financial management; strategic planning & operational leadership; operational & service delivery process; human resource management & planning; partnership & resources mobilisation; key performance management; procurement process; and change management.
“Within the period, since the assessment from the BPSR, NDIC continued to benchmark itself with International Standards and Best Practices through a culture of continuous process improvement and service delivery to our various stakeholders.
“It is worthy to note that the British Standards Institute (BSI), re-certified the Corporation’s three (3) ISO Certifications: Information Security Management System; IT Service Management System and Business Continuity Management System,” he added.
The DG also said the most laudable of all there achievement is the automated Service Level Agreement Management System (SLAMS) developed in-house which enables the Corporation to monitor its processes online real-time, to address service gaps, measure performance and ensure an alignment between our services and strategy.
Earlier speaking, the BPSR DG, Mr Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi, said the SAT assessment was introduced to identify strengths and weaknesses of MDAs is a practical effort Public Service Institutions (PSIs) must key-in to if they must redeem their usefulness and relevance in effectively and efficiently performing their core mandates.
“Incidentally, the journey to repositioning NDIC and ensures that it is healthy, perform well and achieve value for money commenced here at the agency’s corporate headquarters in Abuja in September, 2021 when the Bureau received express permission of the Management to administer the tool to cross section of various categories of NDIC staff, who were encouraged to be very objective in responding to the statements of good practice designed for proper diagnosis of the agency’s performance. The BPSR SAT team further engaged the zonal offices of the Corporation for in-depth evaluation and holistic views.
“The SGF sir, as we present our findings on this independent, impartial and comprehensive assessment on the current health status of NDIC and celebrate its performance, we eagerly look forward to see that the agency appropriately take ownership of our recommendations which we believe would continue to enhance its capacity to fulfil its vision of becoming the best deposit insurer in the world by 2025,” Dasuki added.
On his part, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said the the Federal Government is keen to improve its service delivery performance in a drive towards the achievement of National Vision 20:2020 in order to fulfill Nigeria’s potential.
He said the SAT tool serves as an organisational mechanism to check MDAs’ health status and provide solution which, by extension, improves performance and service delivery to the public.
“As you may be aware, part of the functions of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) is to identify common constraints faced by Federal Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions in the course of their work and proffer evidence-based recommendations to address these constraints and improve performance,” Mustapha explained.
Aliyu Umar Aliyu
Principal Information Officer