ABAH, Dr. Joe




Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Solicitor Law; Master of Arts (M.A.) Business Law
Law; Barrister at Law

A pragmatic Public Service reformer
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Kemi Abah
Father's Name
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A
Profession Legal Practitioner , Administrator
Working Experience DAI, Country Director, Sep 2017 – Present Maastricht Graduate School of Governance Visiting Lecturer Sep 2012 – Present Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Director General Sep 2013 – Aug 2017 ,The Presidency, Abuja DFID-SPARC, National Programme Manager, Dec 2011 – Sep 2013 DFID-SPARC, Deputy National Programme Manager, Aug 2008 – Dec 2011 DFID-SPARC, Deputy National Programme Manager,2008 – 2011 SLGP, Needs Adviser, 2005 – 2007

Country Director for Nigeria, Department for International Development

Previous Appointments:

Head of the Bureau for Public Sector Reform 2013-17

Maastricht University 2009 – 2012; BPP Law School 2001 – 2002; London Guildhall University 1990 – 1992; Nigerian Law School 1985 – 1986; University of Calabar 1981 – 1985

During his time as the Director-General of the BPSR, he has achieved so many set out objectives some of which include:
Pioneered the organization of Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), a tool which aims at enabling MDAs understand their own strengths, weaknesses, and to create continuous improvements in the service they render.
Freedom of Information Portal
Produced a guide on “how to manage and reform government agencies and parastatals
Updated the National Strategy for Public Service Reforms (NSPSR)
Carried out on pilot basis, restructuring of MDAs
Restructuring and rationalization of Agencies, parastatals and commissions
Introduced community of practice
BPSR monthly reform magazines
Installation of Robust Website in the BPSR
Enforcement of FoI Act as exemplified by the report on BPSR activities from 2014 to date
Perception Survey on service delivery in Nigeria especially as relate to bottlenecks in obtaining international passport, drivers license and tax clearance
Introduced BPSR Lunch Time Seminar series, with over 10 editions held to date
Introduced citizen to government participation portal.
The Community of Practice enables continuous learning on how to manage and coordinate reforms for improved service delivery
Midwifed the creation of Reform Coordination Department in the MDAs to coordinate and refocus reform programmes across the MDAs.
Put together, the first in Country, A compendium on Public Service Reform
Re-launched the Steering Committee on Public Service Reform
Pioneered the use of social media for public education on government programmes, activities and policies
For his efforts and roles, a lot of Agencies of government now know they are been watched and assessed by the kind of service they render to the Public and thus becoming more responsive to public inquires.
Dr Joe Abah has ensured that Donor Agencies no longer dictate what MDAs should do with the grants they give. MDAs decide what programmes they tend to run with such grants.

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