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Title:Reflections on public service ethical dilemmas: Nigeria's experience
Author:Gundu, Gabriel A.
Year:2010
Periodical:African Administrative Studies (ISSN 0007-9588)
Issue:74
Pages:25-37
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:civil service
professional ethics
Abstract:This article reveals that the most frequently encountered ethical dilemmas in Nigeria's public service tend to arise from three critical relations: between civil servants and political office holders; between civil servants and citizens; and intra-civil service relations. In navigating through the labyrinths of ethical dilemmas, Nigeria's public servants have had to be creative while relying on the mechanisms adopted for ensuring ethical standards. These mechanisms aim to prevent ethical misconduct by public enlightenment campaigns, training, encouraging leadership by example and promoting administrative accountability. They also include measures to manage misconduct and enforce ethical principles. The article further highlights the commonly encountered challenges in promoting sound ethical principles in the public service, including the immunity clause in the Constitution, reticence of public servants to reveal ethical misconduct, lack of fair remuneration of civil servants, and conflicts of interest between civil servants and the public interest. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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