The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, in Abuja on Wednesday inaugurated the reconstituted 24-member Steering Committee on Public Service Reforms.
Anyim, who inaugurated the committee on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan, said the ongoing reforms in various sectors remained unprecedented in the history of this nation.
He said the current administration had embarked on deep and wide ranging reforms that had transformed the various sectors of the nation in terms of infrastructure and development.
``The electoral system is now more credible, trains are running again for the first time in decades, the power sector has finally been unbundled after various previous attempts.
``The banking industry has become more professional and we are witnessing massive infrastructural development across the country.
``In terms of its direct impact on the lives of citizens, these reforms are perhaps unprecedented in the history of Nigeria,’’ he said.
Anyim said this was because the reforms ``go to the root of the problems that have slowed our development’’.
According to him, there is now a need to ensure that these efforts are properly coordinated and communicated so that citizens can derive the maximum benefits of the Transformation Agenda.
``The absence of the steering committee on reforms has limited government’s capacity to provide coordinated technical leadership and effective monitoring and evaluation of all public service reform efforts,’’ he said.
He said the key purpose of the reform centres on improving the lives of the citizens by ensuring the delivery of efficient and affordable services to all.
He said that Nigerians needed to learn from ``what has worked well and what has not worked as we have hoped to ensure that the reforms are wider and deeper’’.
Anyim said the reinvigorated Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) would provide support to the steering committee on reforms to give the reform agenda better services.
The SGF , who is the chairman of the committee, said that the committee would endeavour to undertake the assignment with utmost sense of purpose and transparency.
``The public service element of the transformation agenda is underpinned by a National Strategy on Public Service Reforms, widely acclaimed as one of the best in the world.
``There is need to refresh and update this strategy to ensure that it continues to address current and emerging realities,’’ Anyim said.
Earlier, Dr Joe Abah, the Director-General, BPSR said that one of the mandates of the agency was to disseminate information on all aspects of reforms and report on reform activities.
Abah said the agency was committed to supporting the steering committee and to ensure effective service delivery.
He said no fewer than 30,000 passengers were moved in two months by the rejuvenated train services that had now connected more than 200 communities.
The director-general said the trains also move nearly one million litres of fuel on a daily basis.
He said the primary purpose of all public service reforms must be tangible improvements in service delivery to the citizens.