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Mpa 708 Comparative Public Administration

Mpa 708 Comparative Public Administration

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In the last unit you learned about the characteristics and functions of Nigerian
civil service. You specifically learnt that the Nigeria civil service has adopted
the basic characteristics of civil services elsewhere except in certain respects.
These characteristics include political neutrality, impartiality, anonymity and
permanence. Further function include policy execution, assisting in policy
formulation, regulation of certain activities, law and order, custodian of
societal values and appointment into political capacities as sole administrator.

Many of you are serving civil servants who know the basic weaknesses in the
service. The first of these problems is identified as attitudinal factor leading
to the problems of inefficiency and ineffectiveness.

Derome Mc Kinney and Lawrence Howard (1979:339) conceive efficiency as
“spending less to gain more” a definition based on economic criterion.
Efficiency can be further simplified as obtaining maximum outputs with
minimum inputs. McKinney and Howard (Ibid, 345) also perceive
effectiveness as impact, adequacy, performance and achievement in terms of

Nigerian civil servants are adjudged as lazy. Many of them play truancy and
absenteeism. They seem to hate work because files are piled up without being
attended to thereby undermining desired productivity. Nigerian civil servants
believe in the slogan of “we do not sweat on government work”, that is “you
are not expected to put in your maximum best on government job.”

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