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Nigeria Civil and Public service is as old as the nation itself.
The Nigerian Civil Service has its origins in organizations established by the British in colonial times. Nigeria gained full independence in October 1960 under a constitution that provided for a parliamentary government and a substantial measure of self-government for the country’s three regions. From 1960, the year of Independence till date, the history and experience of our civil/public service have been checkered.
Civil/Public servants who are the literal engine room of government have no doubt been subjected to series of excruciating experiments as the Nation went through its military and civilian tests in Administration.
Every government or Administration come with highest expectations from the workers. After over five decades of self independence, stories of warning and indefinite strike actions are still being heard in the various states and at the center either as a result of non-payment of salaries or looming retrenchment. There has never been a ‘point of arrival’ for the Nigerian workers.
Agitations have gone multiple and demands viral.
Like Dave Penman asked the British Government in those good old days; What can the civil service expect from the new government? After a bruising fifty seven {57} years of budget cuts, attacks on pensions and reward and an approach that, at times, has felt like open hostility between ministers and civil servants, the fear is that the next four years will be more of the same.
The civil service is already smaller than it has been since the Nigerian Civil war and was due to shrink further, regardless of the outcome of the election. So if it is to be more than a mechanism for an austerity chancellor to reduce spending, it’s time for the new government to offer a new deal to civil servants.
That’s what the NLC, TUC and other allied labour and Trade Unions are calling for: a new deal that puts valuing the civil service and civil servants at its core, protecting their impartiality and integrity.
It must look to develop the skills civil servants will need to deliver public services in the future and make a genuine commitment to the time and resources needed.
Their general welfare must be improved if their best is needed.

If this Administration truly came for change, let the answers to the questions come, and timely too.

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