Dr Joe Abah is a Nigerian that talks the talk and walks the walk. He is a senior public servant who has embraced social media to interact with Nigerians with the single purpose of getting his message of reforms via his agency, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) noticed. He has gone about it steadily and consistently. He never shies away from taking blames, apologising and telling it as it is. He considers himself a Nigerian, first and foremost and Nigerians on Twitter have come to accept him and relate with him.
BPSR has been one of the agencies that gave visible support to the government’s freedom information bill (FOI) which was signed by former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on May 28, 11 years after the FoI bill was first submitted to Nigeria’s 4th National Assembly in 1999. The bill was passed by both chambers in the first quarter of 2007, but was vetoed by President Olusegun Obasanjo. Dr Abah was one of the first Director Generals in the country to reveal his assets.
Dr Joe Abah’s contribution to public service is yielding the results him and his team deserve. He is worthy of emulation and should be congratulated. His is a flame that must be encouraged to inflame others to active service. Procurement in Nigeria is the sector where corruption is most abound. There is little transparency. In most cases, there is none. For BPSR to be ranked and recognised as the most open in that sector should be commended.
Congratulations Dr Joe Abah and BPSR.