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CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

  • Background of the study

 The   Nigerian Civil Service today was inherited from the colonial masters-Britain, although the colonialists operated this to her profits but to the detriment of Nigeria. Civil service is a term used to cover those employed under the Federal and State government, particularly those employed by either the federal or state civil service commission. The Nigerian civil service became indigenous after independence in October 1, 1960. This did not come with easily, there were demands and agitations from the nationalists who had it rough with colonialists before independence. On this note Nicholson (1969) wrote “there have been demands by the nationalists for the Nigerianization of civil service before independence”.

The civil service has undergone some reforms like in General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida regime started a revolutionary reform exercise, in the civil service Dele Olowu (1988) said, “since 1988 reforms, we have witnessed the absence of legitimacy and competence among the most powerful cliques as well as the subvention of   public interest in all its ramification, corruption has remained pervasive with its devastating consequences”. The reform empowered and gave the Minister (Commissioner in the State) the overall authority and he controls the ministry as his personal   affairs. The minister being the accounting officer becomes the almighty that has the final say and does not care if his administrative operations and policies are conducive beneficial   to the ministry and the nation at large. Civil service is the backbone of the government, for it controls the entire administrative machinery of the government. The civil service as a bureaucratic institution having a crop of individuals from all works of life within the society is organized to carry out the activities of the government both on administration and business aspect. The word bureaucracy has over the years acquired an odious connotation. This associated with inefficiency, lack of initiative and unintelligent rigidity in the approach to human problems. This is the sum total impression that comes to mind when the word bureaucracy is mentioned and applied to the way civil servants go about their normal business. This is the reason Nwagbo Eze (1981) observed that  “many achievement oriented shrewd observers of Nigeria people at work have always come out with a common impression that generally Nigeria workers are lazy, slow, sleepy, reluctant to act, unconcerned and deceitful in their approach. These workers are said to lack the zeal, the briskness, and momentum of hard working people and generally, they dislike hearing people talk about efficiency, dedication, honesty, competence, determination and productivity all of which characterized achievement. People in a production oriented society”. Then the big question starring before us is, are Nigerian workers in the civil services lazy and inefficient? By their nature are they sleepy, incompetent, slow, and lack the zeal to work­? What are the factors surrounding low productivity in the civil service and what should be remedies? As stated earlier, that Nigerian civil service has passed through regime and political processes some of which came with drastic measures ( like retrenchment, desolution and redeployment of top management officers as government change battin ) that left the service in tartars. Civil service has suffered in the hands of ethnic politics and dichotomy, nepotism, godfatherism, corruption at the highest level, unnecessary interference from the ruling class because of political party’s policies, programmes and influences. But as part of manpower development are not addressed properly. Although there is policy on manpower development but implementation and funding lacks the executive support for its execution to the letter. Pointing on the need for manpower development in civil service for required workers productivity, Nwachukwu (1988) said that “employee productivity is a function of ability, will and situational factors. An organization may have employees of ability and determination with appropriate equipment and management support, yet productivity falls below expected standards. The missing factor in many cases is the lack of adequate skill and knowledge which are acquired through training and development”. Civil service personnel are wonderful instruments and assets in the government administrative activities.

As we know that change is constant, they need encouragement, incentives and all it takes to help them explore and rise to another level in order to withstand and measure up with the challenges obtainable in other nation’s civil service. What they need mostly coupled with incentives and encouragement is training and development to achieve this fit. If they are equipped with area, only time will tell the level of resultant benefits we will reap through civil service to the betterment of Nigeria.

 

 

  • STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

In the process of data sourcing for this research work, there are problems facing Enugu state civil service which in one way or the other is peculiar to the entire civil service in Nigeria. There is problem of inefficiency and lack of drive among a great number of workers in the workforce coupled with low productivity. Also, inadequate training and development programmes and facilities for the manpower and there is no proper funding and sponsoring of personnel to undergo training and development courses.

Furthermore, the welfare and proper conducive working condition of the workforce not addressed properly. Result oriented management that can organize, direct and coordinate human and material resources to achieve aims and objectives is lacking. Finally, unnecessary intervention and pressures from the political and executive class on the civil service has made vacant posts politicized thereby trusting professionalism and expertise.  This also brought class struggle among management staff and to some extent goes down to subordinate groups, which causes lack of enabling work environment within the services community with tribal problems on ground. From the problems stated we ask these questions what is the cause of inefficiency and lack of drive among the workforce? And what should be the remedies? Also looking at low productivity in the workforce, has inadequate training and development of the workers any thing to do with it? Or does the issue of improper dressing to workers welfare and working Condition added to it? What can the government and management do to help civil service thrive in this millennium era?

1.3 PURPOSE OR OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY

Looking at the problems identified from the research work which revealed thus: Problem one, inefficiency and lack of drive/ inadequate training and development programs. Second problem is lack of adequate welfare/ proper conducive working condition and bad management. Thirdly is the problem of excessive political and executive pressure with tribal sentiments in the service community. The purpose of this study is to examine the way to address and establish proper and well organized training and development programs which will help in eliminating inefficiency and lack of drive among Enugu state civil servants. Thereby helps to improve the skill and technical competence of the workers.  Secondly, to examine the workforce, their needs, problems and environment and seek a way to address them properly which will boost their morale. Also the way to have and maintain a result oriented management that will move the service forward. Finally, to seek a way in which the political and executive pressure will be minimized in order to allow the civil service to flourish as supposed and to bring a lasting solution to tribal problems in the service community.

1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

The research project study is on manpower development and workers’ productivity in Enugu state civil service. The importance of this study is that it focused mostly on the proper training and development of workers in an organization. The problems of the workforce and how to tackle them for the attainment or organization objectives and goals. The role of good management of human and material resources which brings about quantitative and qualitative productivity. In this study, if the reasons for manpower development and steps to tackles  or handle the needs and problems of the workforce are taken into consideration and good management of human and material resources is in place, we will see an empowered civil services with  high level of productivity in Nigeria. Further, this study will be of great help and importance to many organization like banking sector, oil and energy sector and even the universities which is in education sector. This is because humans are determining factor to any organization’s upliftment, establishment, objectives and goals.

1.5 RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS

  1. Training and development activities help to improve the skill and technical competence of the workers.
  2. Inadequate training/ manpower development has become a problem that gave rise to inefficiency amid Enugu state civil servants.
  3. Proper management and Conducive working condition will foster workers to increase their output in Enugu State civil service.
  4. Excessive political and executive pressure impedes professionalism and expertise in Enugu state civil service but makes room for politics in the service.

1.6 SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY

The scope of this study covers manpower development and workers’ productivity in Nigeria, but in the cause of the study, the researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study:

(a)Availability of research material: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study.

(b)Time: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.

(c)Finance: The finance available for the research work does not allow for wider coverage as resources are very limited as the researcher has other academic bills to cover.

1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS 

Manpower

Manpower is the total number of people who can work to get something done. The term manpower can mean “labor force,” “workforce,” “workers, or simply “people,” and despite the man, it applies to both men and women.

Workers

A worker is a person who works. This usually means a person who does manual labor, like manufacturing goods. A worker is a person who works. This usually means a person who does manual labor, like manufacturing goods. In economics there are three factors of production. These are labor (the work done by workers), land (usually people need some space to produce something), and capital

Productivity

Productivity describes various measures of the efficiency of production. A productivity measure is expressed as the ratio of output to inputs used in a production process, i.e. output per unit of input. Productivity is a crucial factor in production performance of firms and nations. Increasing national productivity can raise living standards because more real income improves people’s ability to purchase goods and services, enjoy leisure, improve housing and education and contribute to social and environmental programs.

1.8 ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDY

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows. Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (background of the study), statement of the problem, objectives of the study, research questions, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope of the study etc. Chapter two being the review of the related literature presents the theoretical framework, conceptual framework and other areas concerning the subject matter.     Chapter three is a research methodology covers deals on the research design and methods adopted in the study. Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.  Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study.

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