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									 COMMONWEALTH ASSOCIATION
FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND
        MANAGEMENT



          BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2006

             SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
 Rising Challenges in Public
Sector Reform: Fashions, Fads,
   Opportunities and Risks.

    Dr. M. Yayale Ahmed, CFR
      Head of Service of the
      Federation of Nigeria
      ayayale@hotmail.com
Background of Public Sector
Reform in Nigeria
 Our Experience in implementing system
 improvement reforms in Nigeria since
 1974.
 The rising tide of New Right thinking and
 Thatcherism of the late 70s – early 80s.
      Revitalization of Public
         Administration
Globalisation of Public Administration &
Management Practice
Current proliferation of best practice
fashion and fads.
  Best Practice vs Fashions and
               Fads
Universal adoption of ‘New Public Management Model’ despite
differences in the contextual realities.

Clarification of issue of Conception and definition of take-off point.

Best practice is useful if subjected to adaptation
 Definition of best or successful practice by Alberti and Bertucci
                                (2005:15)
                    “….. an activity or procedure that has produced
                     outstanding results and could be adapted to
                                improve effectiveness
                         and efficiency in another situation”.
Prone to less risk if explored as part of a process of learning ,
feedback, reflection and analysis cycle
Fashions: These are activities, ideas,
materials, etc that is/are popular at a point
in time, they usually last for a longer
period.
Fads are fleeting style and idea that is
popular for a very short period.
Personal Professional Reflections
Challenges:
  Opening up to new ideas
  Challenging our basic assumption with the new ideas
  Pursuance of changes

Opportunities:
  Working within framework of international agreement
  and globally set protocols, e.g. in Aviation, Telecom,
  etc.
  Converting ‘brain drain’ crisis into ‘brain gain’,
  Best practices in the context of benchmarking studies
  targeted at unearthing principles behind successes of
  innovations in their original countries.
Risks
• Equating new policy to reforms
• Carrying reform for fashion
• Not setting restructuring within specific focus and
  direction of an envisioned future pubic service
• Personalization of innovation(s), e.g. 1974 & 1988
  Reforms and Reform for ‘road show’.
• Institutionalized resistance to reform by core
  stakeholders
• As a result of lack of ownership, reforms die with
  change in leadership.
• Risk of non-inclusiveness and the need for critical
  mass of change agents.
• Rightsizing to displace and replace instead of
  retraining, upgrading and empowerment.
Professionalisation of the Public Service

The institution of a new peformance –
oriented business model;
Intensive deployment of information
technology;
Exploring partnership with stakeholders to
enhance service delivery and system’s
accountability.
Use of human resource management
         modern technique

Restructuring the cadres and staff pooling
system
Benchmarking military-type training-base
assessment career/professional
development management system
Moving towards a new workforce
composition
New Performance measures
Overhauling of training policy to
emphasise on-the-job training, mentoring,
role modeling, staff exchange scheme,
sabbaticals and franchising of training
institutions
Moving to knowledge management system
            CONCLUSION
Our contribution in a very specific manner our
sense of what fads and fashions means.

Identification of the Nigerian reform’s path as
that of fashions and trend

Expounding opportunities that leveraging on the
global standards as best practices in reformation

Pointed out the risks in the exclusivist messianic
attitudes that are essentially self promoting road-
shows
Underscoring the strength of
communication and change management
strategy
Inviting the on-going reform initiatives to
reprofessionalise the Nigerian Civil
Service
Thank You!

								
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