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The Dilemma of Accountability and Good Governance for Improved Public Service Delivery in Nigeria

Kehinde David Adejuwon
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 1, No 3 | a34 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v1i3.34 | © 2012 Kehinde David Adejuwon | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 November 2016 | Published: 01 December 2012

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Kehinde David Adejuwon, Lagos State University, Nigeria

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The public sector in Nigeria is irrefutably beset with gross  incompetence and ineffective management. Perplexing difficulties endure in the Nigerian public sector in spite of a number of reform programmes that have been designed to enhance efficient and effective service delivery for almost two decades. The fact that public service has failed dismally to achieve its laudable objectives is the reason for the vote of no confidence passed on its administrators by majority of the Nigerian populace. The article examines the dilemma of accountability and good governance in Nigeria and demonstrates that the critical point in achieving meaningful developments in the country intrinsically lay with improved service delivery in the public sector. The basic reason why the public service has become the scorn of the people is because for too long, both the government and public servants have paid lip service to the crucial issue of effective and efficient service delivery. The article argues that improved service delivery will improve both the performance and the image of public service and re-awaken the citizens’ interest and trust in them to do business with public servants. It suggests that  in order to bring sanity back to the Nigerian Public Service,  all unprofessional tendencies such as ethnicity bias and nepotism in appointments and promotions, lack of security of tenure of office, and appointment of non-career public servants into key positions in the public service must stop. Also,  effective service delivery must be tailored to the circumstances of Nigeria. The study made use of secondary data obtained from various sources. It therefore concludes that without a reawakening of the culture of accountability and transparency lost over the years, the trusting relationship needed to forge between the government and the governed for the actualization of good governance will not materialize.


Accountability; Public Service; Service Delivery; Corruption; Transparency; Good Governance; Nigeria


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