The Nigerian Federal Civil Service and Recruitment Policy Implementation.
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The trends and dynamics in the Nigerian political scene since the transition to democratic rule in 1999 awakened the need for recruitment of competent technocrats and bureaucrats to manage the Nigerian federal civil service. Efforts to reposition the affairs of the Nigerian federal civil service have impacted on governance and administration since Nigeria’s independence in October 1, 1960. It is in the light of the foregoing that this study examines the Nigerian federal civil service and recruitment policy implementation from the perspective of assessment of its internal efficiency. The study examines recruitment policy formulation and the extent of effective implementation of recruitment policies. The study places premium on the application of merit in recruitment into the federal civil service, but notes the application of federal character and ecological constraints that affect full recognition of merit in the recruitment process in Nigeria. The study examines commissions set up by government to improve implementation of recruitment policies in the federal civil service of Nigeria. It also examines the subsisting trend of ineffective implementation of recruitment policies in the federal civil service of Nigeria. The study investigates the constraints of effective implementation of recruitment policies by the federal civil service of Nigeria. The study reviews related literature from the meritocratic and ecological approaches and presents its reviews along the lines of merits and demerits of both approaches. The study employs both the quantitative and qualitative research methods and adopts the elite and personal interview methods to provide information on constraints on implementation of recruitment policies in Nigeria. The study employs the descriptive survey method to explain vividly the main theme of the research. The study finds that there are constraints to effective implementation of recruitment policies in the federal civil service of Nigeria which include poor application of the federal character principle, wrong values of the Nigerianization policy, poor adherence to rules on manpower planning and qualifications. The study also finds that existing recruitment policies are well formulated but there are constraints to the implementation of the appraisal techniques and under- utilization of the large workforce of the Nigerian federal civil service for effective service delivery. The study finds that there are poor evaluations of reforms to improve application of merit in the recruitment process in the federal civil service of Nigeria. The study therefore recommends strict adherence to extant rules on recruitment, observance of rules on manpower planning, adoption of ethical standards in recruitment and declaration of vacancy reforms by all ministries, departments and agencies of the federal civil service. The study also recommends abolition of temporary appointments, strict application of the merit principle in recruitment, preference for top quality graduates to work in the federal civil service and verification of credentials of civil servants before confirmation of appointment. The study recommends introduction of Daily Productivity Chart (DPC) to form part of the subsisting Annual Performance Evaluation Report (APER). This will serve as an effective instrument for assessment of the internal efficiency of the Nigerian federal civil service. It will also serve as a strategy for achieving high level of productivity. The study recommends the creation of inspectorate units to evaluate extent of recruitment policy implementation in the Nigerian federal civil service.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Lagos
Federal Civil Service , Policy Implementation. , Recruitment , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Political science
Emmanuel, J.A (2012), The Nigerian Federal Civil Service and Recruitment Policy Implementation. A Thesis Submitted to University of Lagos School of Postgraduate Studies Phd Thesis and Dissertation, 321pp.