I have heard times without number where Politicians claim that the corruption in the system is midwifed by the civil servants who are the custodians of the system.
Refuting this allegation may after all be as impracticable as it could be when a law maker in his minority position objects to a motion and is overruled by the helmsman who has the support of the majority and he is accused of voting in its favour.
It could only take an ignorant mind that may not be conversant with the working of the system to raise such allegations against the career workers.
Attempting to blend or ply politicians decisions to suit laid down rules could only succeed in lesser frequency of actions taken in recognition of the civil servants advisory roles. Anything to the contrary is suicidal.
Civil servants Obedience to the chief Executives is the beginning of wisdom. When government takes a decision, the civil servant has little or no power to influence it.
Even when he advises, there is no potent law that holds the politician or Chief Executive, will-nilly to obey.
Approval or disbursement of public funds has its routes and channels, but are seldomly followed.
The veto of the chief Executive is his magic. In a ministry, for instance, the minister or the commissioner is the chief executive, who has the approving power, while the permanent secretary who is a carrier civil servant is the Accounting officer.
‘’It is just that on paper’’ in most cases as the Chief Executive may apply one of his many alternative routes to get his approvals processed, while the Permanent Secretary will remain on his table waiting for the next positing which he is sure will come, as punitive for giving his professional advice or ‘lack of pliability’.
The bitter story in the gory experience is that civil servants many a times are held liable for the errors of politicians in their exuberance.
Cases where civil servants are arrested as accomplices in matters of fraud could only arise due to impotent or leaking provisions of the law that has left the civil servants at their own risk in situations of administrative or procedural conflict and battle.
Let there be more enactments to give flesh to the roles of the civil servants to effect better check and balance with adequate protection of their career as a boost to due process.