The Nigerian Experience: Management of The Civil Service

Abel Owotemu, Cross Ogohi Daniel


The research paper considered the civil service as the engine room for the administration of human and non-human resources of the country, state, or local government in the business of governance. The Nigeria civil service has a history behind it, and it has evolved over the years playing significant roles in the growth of the country’s policy development and administration, particularly since independence. While, the activities of the civil service may have come short in some instances, the structure has also had tremendous accolades at some other times in the implementation of the various government initiatives at different times. Although, the issue of the socio-political menace of “corruption” is a concept that has hung around the Nigerian civil service like a plaque. A number of the civil service reforms carried out most especially in the early 1970s to early 1980s were predominantly on accountability, efficiency, and productivity of the civil service which could all be traced to the issue of corruption within the civil service structure as at that period. The research paper has therefore conducted a thorough theoretical review of the management of the Nigerian civil service with the objective of proffering some solutions to the various deficiencies of the system as it is today.

Key words: Civil service, MDGs, Corruption, Indirect rule, Reforms.

DOI: 10.7176/EJBM/13-2-06

Publication date: January 31st 2021

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