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Dialogue Series

Designing Reforms That Win

The theme of the November 9, 2017 Roundtable was “Designing Reforms that Win”. The event was the third of the GPRN Policy Dialogue Series and had the main objective of identifying strategies for closing the gap between reform design and implementation. The discussions at this event were informed by the output of the September Roundtable that identified the critical challenges facing public service reform in Nigeria and sought to determine ways to secure political ownership of reforms.


Expected Output

The expected output of the November Roundtable is a Position Paper that would be presented to the Federal Government at a public event. The Position Paper is expected to address the following points:

  • How to make public service reforms one of the most critical issues for the government cognisant of the fact that it would be challenged to deliver any meaningful and sustainable results with an ineffectual public service.
  • Discuss the benefits that would accrue to the government and people from a significant focus on public service reforms.
  • Map out the challenges and risks of embarking on a reform of the public service and outline their mitigating strategies.
  • Develop an implementation plan with assigned responsibilities and realistic timelines



The Roundtable was able to successfully prescribe guidelines for reform messaging to secure the buy-in of different categories of stakeholders. More specifically, strategies for engaging with political leaders effectively have been outlined. This will feed into the December Roundtable that will seek to validate a prepared reform messaging and stakeholder engagement plan.

Dialogue Participants


Tunji Olaopa

Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy

Asishana Okaura

Director General, Nigeria Governors Forum

Oladapo Afolabi

Former Head of Service of the Federation, Nigeria

Martin Ilo

Former Secretary to State Governor, Enugu State

Umar Bindir

Secretary to the State Government, Adamawa State

Ifediora Amobi

Executive Director, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA)

Sam Unom

Team Lead, PERL Nigeria

Nnenna Akajemeli

National Coordinator, Service Compact (SERVICOM)

Nonso Obikili

Researcher, Stellenbosch University

Adefemi Isumonah

Head of Department, Political Science, University of Ibadan

Chris Ngwodo

Partner, Selem Consult

Chinyeaka Igbokwe-Ibeto

Professor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Habu Galadima

Director of Research, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies

Tunde Osibamowo

Head, ERGP Delivery Unit

Patrick Okigbo

Principal Partner, Nextier Advisory

Dasuki Arabi

Acting Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms

Myani Bukar

Policy Partnerships Manager, PERL-LEAP Nigeria

Teniola Tayo

Senior Analyst, Nextier Advisory

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