By Jacinta Nwachukwu/Uche Bibilari
Abuja, Feb. 8, 2019 (NNN) The former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, has underscored the need for government at all levels to improve civil servants’ remuneration and welfare to enhance productivity.
Afolabi expressed the concern at the Inaugural Quarterly Public Service Lecture Series, organised by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the topic of the lecture was “Tit-bits for invigorating the Nigeria civil service for good governance’’.
According to him, lack of adequate welfare and remuneration lowers morale, impairs performance and adversely affects public behaviour.
“Lack of ability to attract the brightest and the best to the service has posed threat to civil service.
“And this is due mainly to poor remuneration, poor working environment and lack of adequate welfare to take worries off the minds of its workers as well as erosion of confidence in an average civil servant.
“For good measure, both the public and private sector recruit from the same job market. However, the conditions of service offered by the private sector stimulate higher responsibility, dedication to duty and excellent productivity,’’ he added.
Afolabi also noted that poor remuneration and poor welfare for civil service were the reasons civil servants sought to equip themselves with influence, instead of concentrating on competence and quality of public service delivery.
The don also observed that the service was suffering from leadership deficiency at various levels that could mentor and provide leadership at the various levels of the bureaucracy.
“There is the need to have dedicated and serious-minded leaders at various levels to act as compass and sign posts to its budding officers.
“The lack of bold, imaginative and fearless leaders that can stand up to defend their views is a serious threat to the relevance of civil servants as impartial advisers and institution builders.’’
He said that “as of today the quantum of civil servants that can be looked up for real leadership were in short supply.
“This dearth of real leadership is a problem to get the critical mass necessary for continuous development and mentoring’’.(NNN)
Edited By Adeboye Ajayi/Idris Abdulrahman