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Civil Service Reforms: Highlights of Federal Government Reform Programmes

One major preoccupation of the present administration has been Policy Reforms aimed at improving the machinery of government and service delivery generally.

 A compelling reason for the reforms was the parlous state of the economy of the nation, and the erosion of public confidence in government

and its institutions to deliver the much expected dividends of democracy. Beside the internal pressures, there were external factors as well, especially those of NEPAD and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and the urgency of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Reform agenda focused on:
-    Public Sector Reforms;

-    Privatization/Liberalization:

-    Governance, Transparency and Anti-Corruption;

-    Service Delivery.

The main goals are:

-    Wealth Creation;

-    Employment Generation;

-    Poverty Reduction; and

-    Value Re-orientation.

Salient features of the reforms include economic development strategies, public service reforms, pensions overhaul, national Health Insurance Scheme, Bank recapitalization, service delivery (servicom) and anti-corruption campaigns.

The underlying philosophy of the Reform is change. Indeed, change for the better for too long, has been evasive in Nigeria. Our living condition is characterized with poverty, poor service delivery, corruption, environmental degradation, etc, amidst increased oil revenue.

This paper is therefore timely as the reform measures aim to address a host of national malaise.

Listed below, are a summary of the reform measures being undertaken by the Federal Government. They have implications for both States and Local Governments. The challenges to readers include acceptance, adaptability and the resolve to turn things around for the good of all.

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