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ENHANCING PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE IN NIGERIA: PERISCOPING THE IMPEDIMENTS AND EXPLORING IMPERATIVE MEASURES
Over the past decades, accountability and performance have been central in public sector management.
Accountability is important for effective performance in the public sector because both elected and non-elected officials need to show the public that they are performing their responsibilities in the best possible way and using the resources provided them effectively and efficiently. This article examines the impediments to public accountability and performance in Nigeria, and recommends remedial actions for effective public accountability and
performance in Nigerian public sector management. The article adopts qualitative method in gathering data from various sources. It traced the absence of accountability in public sector management in Nigeria to the incursion of the military into the Nigerian public administration. It shows with relevant examples how the culture of nonaccountability and poor performance has eaten deep into the fabric of the society. It therefore proposes some measures to address the malaise of public accountability and performance in Nigeria. The article contends that unless good governance is in place with public accountability carefully observed, effective public sector performance cannot be realized.
Keywords: Public Service Delivery, Public Accountability, New Public Management, Performance, Efficiency, Effectiveness, Transparency, Corruption, White-collar Crime.