NIGERIAs civil service system remains in apparent requirement of a detailed repositioning to make it more autonomously responsive to the requirements of the federal governments and the public.
The service orientation of federal government administrations at all levels in Nigeria is abysmal.
Couple of public servants truly wish to do their paid work. Federal government workplaces might bubble with personnel, however extremely little genuine work is done.
Individuals are more thinking about activities that improve them beyond their regular wages. Much of the work going on belong to elements that political authority and the leading individuals in those workplaces connect value to.
It is extremely typical for federal government workplaces to establish sites which do not operate though workers are paid to run them. One condition that has actually consumed extremely deep into organizations of our governance is the marching order syndrome, a term that was obtained from our military past.
For example, a criminal offense will be dedicated, and an Inspector General of Cops who is charged with crime-busting rests on it till he gets a governmental marching order.
The very same infection has actually appeared in among Nigerias most corruption-prone and badly governed organizations, the Niger Delta Advancement Commission, NDDC. For several years, young recipients of the scholarships in the NDDC and its twin, the Governmental Post-Amnesty Program who are studying in foreign nations, have actually been left stranded by civil servants who are expected to help with these plans.
The NDDC which is involved in huge corruption scandals, waited on President Muhammadu Buhari to provide the marching orders prior to revealing that the scholarship recipients would be paid today.
These scholarship recipients who are indicated to fix the instructional downside of our oil-producing area have actually been opposing at Nigerian High Commission facilities in lots of parts of the world and no one cared to do the needful.
The work culture of awaiting the president or guv to provide unique guidelines prior to anything is done does not enable public officers to immediately do their tasks since it is the ideal thing to do. The culture of eye service or strong guy syndrome has actually made governance a joke in our nation.
When authorities can refrain from doing their operate in line with service policies however rather would wait to be advised, it implies that corruption, nepotism, favouritism, marginalisation and victimisation will continue to trademark our civil service.
A scenario where the NDDC scholars are disregarded since of the abrupt death of the Performing Executive Director, Financing and Administration, Ibanga Etang, demonstrates how harmful the strong guy culture has actually ended up being.
We need to alter this orientation and opt for the efficiency of institution-building.
Federal government is a continuum and needs to operate successfully and autonomously irrespective of who supervises.