Public Service, Performance Enhancement and the Challenge of Economic Recession in Nigeria


  • Olanrewaju Oyedele University of Ilorin
  • Opeyemi Aluko


The Nigerian economy has just technically exited recession. This harsh economic
condition is no doubt of great concern to the government and people of the country in
view of its attendant pains. Economic and financial experts and professionals are
expected to find solution to this national challenge. This paper however argues that, in
addition to seeking economic solution to this problem, the nation’s public service in its
position as the main machinery of government for the formulation and implementation
of public policies should be recognised as a critical factor in exiting the country out of
recession. This can be done by continuous training and re-training of public servants in
order to increase their competence, morale and productivity towards speedy recovery
of the country’s economy. The paper adopted the qualitative method of analysis using
mainly secondary source of data.

Training, development, economic recession, economic recovery, performance
improvement, training needs