Application of Work Ethics and Performance of Public Service in Southeast, Nigeria

Application of Work Ethics and Performance of Public Service in Southeast, Nigeria

Author by Dr. Chibuzor Ayodele Nwaodike

Journal/Publisher: Kiu Journal Of Humanities

Volume/Edition: 5

Language: English

Pages: 23 - 35


Governments across the world adopt work
ethics to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the
performance of public service. This is expected to
meet the needs and aspiration of the populace. Some
states in Southeast Nigeria, particularly Ebonyi,
Enugu and Imo public services though have ethical
conduct stipulated in public service rules, ironically,
application of the work ethics have not resulted to the
expected performance of service delivery. The study
adopted Descriptive research design. The population
was the public service in Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo
state, Nigeria. The three states were purposively
selected with numerical population of 51,102.
Stratified and simple random sampling techniques
were used to select three MDAs (Ministry of Works
and Infrastructure/Transport, Civil Service
Commission and Water Corporation). The sample
size was 786. Questionnaire was the major
instrument of data collection complemented by
interview guide. Reliability test of the instrument
yielded Cronbach’s alpha coefficients for the
construct ranging from 0.77 to 0.82. The response
rate was 87%. Data collected were tabulated, while
mean as well as standard deviation were calculated
and content analysed. Findings revealed that Public
service in the three states were bedevilled with
corrupt practices, inadequate funding, lack of regular
on the job training, and unconducive political
environment. Therefore, performance of public
service were short of expectation. The study
recommended adequate punitive mechanism to
sanction any misconduct, adequate funding, regular
training and development, political will to implement
governmental policy.

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