The Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in Nigeria has pledged to partner with civil society organisations (CSOs) to enhance accountability and transparency in government.

The body’s Director-General, Dasuki Arabi, made the pledge when he received a delegation from Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The mandate of the government establishment, Development Diaries understands, requires it to provide information on government activities.

And according to Arabi, the BPSR has set a foundation for good working relationship between government, state actors and non state actors.

‘We must work with the civil society groups and ensure that they have been given that right place that they deserve to ensure compliance with rules, regulations and guidance’, he told the delegation led by the SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare.

‘This is how we should manage the human resources we have and the financial resources that have been entrusted onto us as government workers.

‘We have worked with several civil society groups on a number of initiatives, which were created in our attempts to improve transparency, stop corruption and make sure that there is no space for it to happen’.

Arabi assured SERAP of government’s support and commitment to tackle irregularities and further strengthen its Open Government Partnership (OGP).

The OGP is an international initiative aimed at promoting open governance, citizen’s empowerment, fight corruption, and harness new technology to strengthen governance in member states.

‘We are assuring you that this relationship will lead to better things in the sight of the citizens of this country to enhance the quality of life’, he added.

SERAP’s Oludare said his organisation needed the partnership with BPSR to promote and build the culture of transparency and accountability in public service.

‘So we are here to engage to this very important institution who has that oversight over all officers of public institutions in Nigeria’, he said.

According to him, SERAP would work with BPSR to ensure that public officers understand the statutory law to drive transparency and accountability in the public service for the over all good of Nigerians.

Photo source: BPSR

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