Decay in Public Service: FG Blames IBB…, Says He Introduced Corruption in Place of Integrity
The federal government has blamed former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida for the current decay and inefficiency being witnessed in federal civil service. Hitting the ex-military ruler today was the Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Isa Bello Sali, who spoke in Abuja at the 36fth Annual Conference of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN).
Sali said that the reforms carried out by the IBB regime between 1985 and 1988 were largely responsible for the dearth of professional and dedicated public officers in the public service in the country, adding that the implementation of the Professor Dotun Philip’s report and subsequent promulgation of Decree 43 to give legal backing to it largely eroded the vitality, standard of performance and cohesion of the public service.
According to him: “the subsequent reforms of 1985-88 which arose from the recommendations of the Dotun Philip report was given legal effect through Decree 43 of 1988. The legislation paved the way for all comers into the top echelon of the civil service. It also led to the abolition of the Office of the HSCF, whose functions were subsumed under those of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the incapacitation of the Federal Civil Serrvice Commission which had most of its functions transferred in the main to the Ministries, Extra-Ministerial Departments and Agencies.
“The aftermath was the unbridled influx of low quality personnel into the Civil Service at career levels far above their competencies, knowledge, experience and capabilities. The cumulative impact of these influxes was the loss of Civil Service vitality, standard of performance and cohesion. This further paved the way for the culture of sidelining time-tested procedures and processes and the loss of officers’ self respect and integrity.”
Speaking earlier, President of the Institute, Mr. Olatunde Busari, expressed deep concerns over the problem of corruption and poor corporate governance in the public service and assured of the Institute’s preparedness to help government in its ongoing efforts aimed at restoring integrity and transparency at all levels of public and private sectors’ administration in the country.
“The hydra-headed monster called “corruption” is also a major issue that keeps rearing its head in all the organs of Government and agencies of Government. The malaise further ridicules the system to the extent that even when culprits are apprehended, it does not appear that we have effective machinery for thorough investigation, prosecution and sentence according to the law.
“There are various examples of private and public officers that engaged in corrupt practices and are today walking the streets as free men. This gives an impression that corruption is rewarding in our country. If we are to create the desired environment for investment, the Government must develop effective legal regime and structures strong enough to apprehend, investigate and prosecute corrupt officers in Nigeria”, he added.
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