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President Muhammadu Buhari and other key personalities, including the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega; Chairman, Governing Board, Nigeria National Merit Award (NNMA), Shekarau Aku, have called for an urgent reform to address poor governance and human security in Nigeria.

They both spoke at the 10th forum of Laureates of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) held in Abuja yesterday.
President Buhari, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said there was the need for reform that would enable the country attract investors. “There is necessity to provide Nigerians with qualitative and functional policies and reforms that would make the nation and its citizenry have confidence and faith in the Nigerian project once again.”


He stated that government is expected to use the outcome of the yearly forum to provide required solutions for good governance, reforms and human security in the nation, adding that government is open to concise ideas and bold actions that would impact the country on short and medium terms.
Earlier, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita in her goodwill message at the event said that the choice of the theme of the 10th Annual Forum “Good Governance Reforms and Human Security in Nigeria” was apt as it touches the very essence of this administration’s reform effort to ensure unhindered access to transparent and efficient service delivery. 
The Head of Service who was represented by Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, the Permanent Secretary Service Welfare Office in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, explained that the civil service was charged with the responsibility of executing policies and programmes. 
She said that the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation through its four years strategic plan was repositioning the civil service into a modern public service for sustainable national development. 
According to her, arrangements are in top gear for an accelerated attainment of the strategic plan which include re-designing and re-inaugurating core training modules as well as a salary review. 
Others are; “drive innovation in service, institutionalization of a performance management system, inauguration of efficient, productive, incorruptible, and citizen-centred (EPIC) culture transformation among others. 
“Governance reforms are critical to human existence in Nigeria, with the role of civil service in the fore front as a key provider of service and governance. “It is, however, gratifying to note that the strategic plan has provided a road map for the attainment of this responsibility of government.’’ She said.
Meanwhile, the former INEC chairman, Professor Attihiru Jega, in his paper he delivered at the lecture says there is urgent need to reform governance system in Nigeria to enhance security. He said that the lives of individuals were being affected either by good governance or bad governance, and security or insecurity, adding that citizens strive to explore their potential to fulfill their fundamental needs.
He noted that the recognition of the impact of governance on citizens had led to constant reform in other stable democratic countries to improve public sector governance and in order to entrench security.
According to him, a fragile democracy like Nigeria’s does not pay attention to this global trend of governance reform but it is better to concretely address it now before it is too late. “When we allow things to get so bad for so long, getting out of the quagmire is overwhelmingly difficult. “As regrettable and embarrassing as it is, Nigeria has for long been facing both acute governance and human security challenges. The extent and magnitude of the challenges defy logic and rationality. “Nigeria has such potential in human and material resources, that with good democratic governance, it should not be facing such humongous human security challenges. “But Nigeria has been characterized by acute poor governance such that the potential have been undermined and the human security situation has deteriorated and become more complex’’, Jega said.
 Chairman, Governing Board, Nigeria National Merit Award (NNMA), Shekarau Aku, stressed the need for collective contribution to address the challenges in the country. He said the NNMA would not relent in harnessing intellectual powers to collectively seek meaningful solutions to issues of national interest.  
Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, represented by Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASEMI), Muhammad Haruna, insisted that unless the country adopts science and technology as basic solutions to the problem of the country, meaningful development may not be achieved. 
To him, local capacity is needed to improve the economy of the country.
 Mohammed Manga 
Assistant Director (Media Relations) 
6th December, 2017  
For: Head of the Civil Service of the Federation