The colonialists laid the theoretical and value foundation for the Nigerian civil service but the country has refused to undertake a deconstruction of the system to reflect the changes which government institutions have gone through since then.
This was the candid opinion of the immediate past Permanent Secretary, of the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Dr Tunji Olaopa,
He spoke to reporters on Saturday in Ibadan on the establishment of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy,
According to him, the civil service system has remained stagnant since the First Republic, a reason why the service has remained incongruent with modern governance system which is able to drive the change agenda of the current President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“A lot of the things we practise in government lack theoretical basis when talking about public sector management system. They are more like common sense. A whole lot of these were conceived properly in the First Republic because the colonial administrative system taught the first generation, brought them up in the knowledge of what the parameters are; what you can call the theoretical and value foundation for the civil service institutions.
“But even the institutions have changed over time. Yet, we still carry on, based largely on experience, rarely rigorously deconstructing the institutions to reflect the changes.
These are the factors constraining effectiveness of some of these institutions.”
The school’s first international conference holdsFebruary 1 and 2, 2016 in Ibadan.