THE PLATEAU STATE LOCAL
GOVERNMENT SERVICE COMMISSION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE,
Peter Wilfred Naankiel
Department of History and
International Studies, Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria.
The importance of public institutions in the lives of people in
Nigeria since independence cannot be over emphasized. Their roles in development
across the three tiers of government have made them come within the domain of
public discourse especially with regards to their viability and efficiency in
service delivery to the Nigerian citizenry. This has also been same for the
Plateau State Local Government Service Commission. Therefore, as a result of
this concern, this study examined and analyzed how the Plateau State Local
Government Service Commission has been able to provide service delivery at the
Third Tier of government in Plateau State within the period under study.
Besides, the study also examined the impact the Commission has made on the
career of civil servants at the Local Government level in the State. The study
used a multi-disciplinary approach where primary and secondary sources of data
were used for making analysis. Hence, the study is significant to the extent
that it examined and analyzed the mandate, impacts and challenges of the Local
Government Service Commission in Plateau State within the period under study.
The study observed that the Commission has been bedeviled by challenges such as
corruption, indiscipline and politicization of the service amongst others. As a
result of these, the study recommended the need for staff members to change
their attitude to work and also the need for the Plateau State Local Government
Service Commission to quarterly engage the services of external auditors to
check on the staff payroll list in order to ensure that only the right people
are being paid instead of fictitious ones amongst others.
Civil Service, Civil Servants, Local Government, Commission, Service Delivery
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