n Journal of Public Administration - Realising the full potential of public service reform philosophies : with particular reference to the Nigeria's Servicom and South Africa's principles

Volume 42, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Nigeria and South Africa have established themselves as strong continental players in the African region and wield a lot of power and influence. Both countries have played and continue to play important roles in international forums but have similarly sought to self improve their governance processes through initiatives that focus on enhancing public service efficacy. It can be argued that this is of primary importance because the improvement of public service delivery will significantly contribute to and propel the countries towards their desired changes and assist them in the attainment of their development visions. The adoption of the Service Compact with all Nigerians (Servicom) and philosophies signal a realisation that the public service could do better, and needs to do better, in order to serve the public adequately. The Servicom philosophy has five principles namely; conviction, renewal, consideration, avowal and dedication. While South Africa's Principles consists of eight principles namely, consultation of users of services, setting of service standards, increasing access, ensuring courtesy, providing more and better information, increasing openness and transparency, remedying mistakes and failures and providing value for money. This article is a critique of these philosophies, their content and its comprehensiveness as well as implementation. It also points outs critical issues for consideration in an attempt to strengthen these initiatives.

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