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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Nigeria Labour Congress to Organise Political Debate

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in collaboration with some civil society organisations will be organizing a political debate to engage candidates and their political parties on public Administration in Nigeria. The Civil Society Organisations include, African Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development(CLDS), ActionAid, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) among others.

A press statement signed by the General Secretary of NLC Peter Ozo Eson said;

"As we look to the 2015 general elections, it is necessary for political parties and candidates to tell the working people, voters and citizens in Nigeria how they will address the challenges of public administration in Nigeria. They need to show concrete strategies and plans for improved policy and planning co-ordination, improved human resource management structures, systems and skills and improved budget transparency, consultation, oversight and credibility.

"In Nigeria, there are huge challenges with public administration. The cost of governance is very high. There are huge challenges of policy planning and co-ordination. There is also a huge capacity gap in the public sector and the ministries, departments  and agencies are not working optimally. The budgetary process is marked with a lot of challenges and there is hardly any year when the budget has been passed in the first month of the year.

"It is well established that the primary purpose of government is the welfare and security of the people. The major way by which government machinery is operationalized is through public administration.  It is through public administration that government can manage its activities effectively and efficiently. The major function of public administration is to provide services including health, education, transport, waste disposal, issuing licenses, providing information, providing internal security, regulation and enforcement of legal duties. In addition, public administration helps to provide enabling environment for economic growth and prosperity for citizens as well as securing and strengthening democratic institutions, systems and mechanisms.

The programme is scheduled as follows:

Date: Thursday 5th February, 2015

Venue: Musa Yar'Adua Conference Centre

Time: 2.00pm


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