Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 151

Full Length Research Paper

Ethics and accountability in Nigeria’s public service: An historical overview

Agara Tunde1 and Olarinmoye Omobolaji2*
  1Department of Political Science and Public Administration Igbinedion University, Okada, Benin, Nigeria. 2Council for the Development of Social Science Research, CODESRIA, Dakar.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 May 2009
  •  Published: 31 May 2009



This paper seeks to assess the ethical environment within which the public service in Nigeria has operated since independence through a focus on accountability and control measures specifically designed to guard against abuse and misuse of bureaucratic power. It argues that these measures have failed to provide the service with the necessary ethical environment in the post-independence period due to deliberate frustration by civil servants and the government hence resulting in unethical conducts and unbridled corruption in the public bureaucracy.


Key words: Ethics, accountability, Nigeria, bureaucracy.