By Jessica Onyegbula
The Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to promote taxation and human capital development in the country.
The ceremony which took place in Abuja on Tuesday saw the Director-General of the BPSR, Mr Dasuki Arabi, signing on behalf of his organisation, while ACCA Country Head, Tom Isibor, signed for the association.
Arabi said that the step taken by the BPSR was in realisation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to reform the public sector to improve the quality of public service.
“It is in this direction and improving on what the Office of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has done by driving changes in their operations that we are signing this MoU.
“This is for us to leverage on the international expertise and wide data base that ACCA has to improve the performance of the Nigerian public servants, specifically those managing public finances.
“We have digitalised Nigerian public finance management 100 per cent, so we need to move ahead of that to see how we can manage the data that are being generated and how we can secure them.
“This is to ensure that nobody illegally accesses the data.
“We have ACCA and ANAN, but we are bringing ACCA to give Nigerians the opportunity to leverage on the international network that we have in many countries.
“We are working to ensure that we train those that would take over from us,” Arabi said.
Leader of the ACCA, Isibor, said that partnership was the driving force of the survival of every sector of any economy.
“Leadership is critical in every establishment; at times we want to work with agencies of government but we don’t see the vision and we get confused but in Mr Arabi, we found a partner.
“For us in ACCA, this is a critical partnership. We believe that there is need for private and public sector as well as government partnership, and what has further underscored this happened with COVID-19.
“There is no government, health sector and economy in the world that was able to cope with COVID-19 as it should.
“Every economy was massively affected and what saw world economies through the turbulent period was partnership and that is what we represent.
“We are professionals and our qualification is recognised in 173 countries and we are hopeful that our engagement with BPSR and the public sector in Nigeria will be strengthened.
“By this, we will be able to collaborate to support human capacity development, as we believe that we can leverage the community of our partnership around the world to help or support the agenda of BPSR,” Isibor said.
NAN reports that the cooperation agreement centred on collaborating to promote the adoption of best practices in public financial management, taxation and human capital development in Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
They are also collaborating to ensure capacity development of staff members of both parties via training, seminars, conferences and continuous development initiatives.
BPSR and ACCA are also expected to explore other potential areas where cooperation will be of mutual benefit. (NAN)