CIVIL SERVICE REFORMS AND PRODUCTIVITY IN NIGERIA

Authors

  • KOKO, EPOWEIDE ISAIAH Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island

Keywords:

Bureaucratic theory, Civil Service, Productivity, Professionalization, Reforms

Abstract

This study examines civil service reforms and productivity in Nigeria with focus on the reforms impact on productivity. Productivity is measured in terms of service delivery. The paper employed secondary source of data collection. It adopted the ‘bureaucratic theory’ as the theoretical framework of analysis. In the context of Max Weber’s analysis. bureaucratic theory makes public institutions the “most efficient form of organization”. However, as revealed in this work, most of the civil service reforms in Nigeria failed to meet not only the efficiency test of Max Weber but also the expected aims and objectives of the reforms. The challenges to meeting the reforms objectives include both bureaucratic red-tapism and political hindrances. In order to address these challenges, the suggested among others, pragmatic reforms that will ensure that the welfare of civil servants are given priority, the avoidance of unnecessary duplication of government ministries, departments, and agencies; as well as professionalization of the civil service.

Author Biography

KOKO, EPOWEIDE ISAIAH, Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island

Department of Political Science
Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island
Bayelsa State

Published

2020-01-01