#56, On governance, reforms and complexities. Joe Abah

Dr Joe Abah is the Country Director of DAI in Nigeria. 

Afterwards, he gained extensive experience in the governance sector, working on public sector reform programs for the U.K. Prime Minister’s Office.

He has spent more than 10 years managing governance programs in Nigeria for the U.K. Department for International Development, including on the DAI-led State Partnership for Accountability Responsiveness and Capability project.

From 2013 to 2017, Joe took a post with the Government of Nigeria as Head of the Bureau for Public Sector Reform.

He has now returned to DAI to serve as Country Director for Nigeria, where he provides technical and strategic inputs to DAI’s existing portfolio of projects, in addition to supporting business development initiatives.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The dynamics of the population in Nigeria. According to Joe, the population of Abuja, for instance, defers by the time of day
  • What are the difficulties in planning for infrastructure in Nigeria?
  • Why does Nigeria need a fundamental rethink in the societal structure? How does this directly impact our economy?
  • The structure of the current Nigerian constitution and how it creates challenges
  • What is Joe’s political ambition for the future?
  • Why we should or should not consider constitutional reform
  • About Joe’s ideas on achieving social cohesion in Nigeria.
  • What are the key learnings you should know from governance in Nigeria?
  • According to Joe, “Government does a woeful job of explaining to people how things work.” What does this mean?
  • The complexities within the government.
  • About Joe’s greatest achievement in public service
  • And more

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