Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Service Reforms, BPSR, has recommended the setting up of inter-agency committee to work out modalities of operation on technological advancement.
The Acting Director General, BPSR, Mr. Dasuki Ibrahim gave the recommendations when he received the management of the National Agricultural Seeds Council of Nigeria, NASC, led by the Director General, Professor Olusegun Ojo, and therepresentatives of the United Kingdom Department For International Development, DFID, and Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, as well as Galaxy Backbone, in a joint stakeholders’ forum to dissect the findings of the BPSR Self Assessment Tool, SAT, deployed at NASC, in Abuja, Nigeria.
DR Arabi re-echoed the Bureau’s commitment to drastic reforms in Federal Government policies with a strong focus on Agriculture as one of the key point agenda of the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“the Bureau in line with its mandate, from 16th July to 29th August, 2018, at the invitation of NASC deployed SAT at the corporate headquarters of the National Agricultural Seeds Council, in Shedda-Gwagwalada, and at its North-East, North-West, and North-Central Zonal level using Kano as the centre. In the South-South and South-East Zones using Enugu as the centre, while the South-West Zone converged on Lagos as the centre”. he said.
According to Dr Arabi, the finding strongly recommends the establishment of an ICT policy for the Council to ensure that it appropriately utilizes modern up-to-date technology and infrastructure to ensure efficiency and improved productivity, among others.
The BPSR Boss reeled out thirty recommendations from the Bureau’s findings as follows:
NASC; should develop a formal Code of Conduct that set out clearly the standards expected from those who serve on the board and employees of the Council;
That NASC should develop and operationalise a Strategic Plan for the Council;
Develop key Performance Indicators(KPIs) to be used at multiple levels to evaluate the Council’s success at reaching targets and achieving key business objectives.
Other recommendations are that NASC should conduct Training Needs Assessments (TNA) to determine training for whom, why, and for what, and use the outcome to develop a training policy for the Council.
According to him,
“The training plan got from this process will ensure capacity development of the staff and increase their productive contribution. The recommendations also include; the establishment of Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACTU) and SERVICOM Units at the regional headquarters to address front service delivery and corruption issues”.
The Director General, NASC, Professor Ojo said the Council was fast becoming a continental learning center for seed development and that Nigeria would compete favourably in the group of States and would not need to import seeds from overseas in the nearest future.
“NASC has a vision to be the Centre of Excellence for SEEDS in Africa and therefore needs all the supports it can get from DFID/PERL in terms of funding and skills transfer as well as from Galaxy Backbone, which the Council expects to provide the required technology to facilitate its innovation to becoming Centre of Excellence”. Said Dr Ojo.
The partnership facilitator Dr. James Zasha, said that DFID/PERL was there to identify and solve the issues of key blockages to service delivery in the country and also ready to provide solutions to such constraints.
“DFID/PERL works with BPSR on some major areas like Agriculture but discover the importance of the SEEDS Council and noted that in Agricultural diversification; the Council is very crucial because if you get good SEEDS, major issue would have been solved as high quality seed is germane to high yields which the Council champions”. He noted
The Federal Reform Manager with DFID/PERL, Mr. Abu Umaru, also reiterated that it would provide technical support to NASC because according to him,
‘Professor Ojo has always had the desire to bring notable changes to the Council and that he has the hunger to put the Council in the right direction”.
Speaking on behalf of Galaxy Backbone, Mr. Akintayo Banisaye who is the Solution developer reaffirmed the mandate of the agency; that it is committed to overseeing government agencies websites.
“the organization’s primary role was to ensure a seamless networking and clouding systems among others in Nigeria”. Galaxy has been able to scrutinize the MDAs websites and identified the lapses and try to bridge the gaps by providing the technical assistance in accordance with the ICT regulatory laws.
According to Mr Banisaye, Galaxy can include NASC digitally and leverage on other existing programmes to assist the Council.
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