Nigeria's Public Service Reform Process: Human Resource Issues

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Nigeria’s Public Service Reform Process: Human Resource Issues
By M J Balogun

2003

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Contents Table
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Abstract .................................................................................................. 3 Human Resources and National Development ...................................... 4 Problems in Human Resource Development and Utilization: a Review of Policies and Practices...................................................................... 10 Human Resource Development and Utilization: Short- and MediumTerm Measures..................................................................................... 14 Long-Term Measures ........................................................................... 16

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To be specific, our failure to distinguish the point in time when human resource is considered strategic enough to “stand by itself” from that when it is so devalued that it becomes a “captive” of other variables (administrative, political, cultural, etc.) explains the inconsistency and the double-talk on the importance of human resources in national development efforts. If we are able to establish the strategic nature of the human resource and, at the same time, identify the factors that militate against its optimum allocation, what policy measures can we propose to rectify any perceived anomalies? In specific terms, what actions can we urge employing authorities to take to derive maximum benefits from the monies and efforts which they invest on recruitment, training and manpower development as well as on the “sanitization” of the management environment against possible outbreaks of productivity-resisting diseases (notably, corrupt practices, mismanagement of diversity, sagging morale, bad time-keeping, willful elongation of procedures, and brain-drain). In proposing a radical review of human resource development and utilization policy in Nigeria, this paper begins by discussing the role of human resources in the development process. It then proceeds to examine factors within the formal organization, and in the external
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