The Managing Director of H. Pierson & Associates, a Lagos based management consulting and Human Capital advisory firm, Mrs. Eileen Shaiyen, has said that bureaucracy as a concept is good for organisational development.
She was speaking in Awka on Friday, July 26, 2015 at a 2-day retreat organised by the Anambra state Economic Think Tank (ANETT) members of the Anambra state Exco, Heads of MDAs, Chairman of local government authorities and members of the state assembly.
Mrs. Shaiyen who spoke on the topic ‘improving bureaucracy in Anambra state civil service’ said that it was the perception of archaism and the inefficiency exhibited by some civil servants that has made people to assume that bureaucracy was bad. She said that bureaucracy was a good thing as it helped to enthrone law and order but advised civil servants in the state to be wary of unnecessary complicated administrative procedure, red tape and officialdom.
“We need the civil service to preserve bureaucracy but not to stifle efficiency and effectiveness”. “Civil servants must have a mindset that says that time is moving quickly else the world will leave us behind”. Mrs Shaiyen said.
Concluding, Mrs Shaiyen said that MDAs should be able to work out their medium to long term expenditure strategy and match same to their revenue strategy over the same period especially in this era of dwindling resources. She urged Heads of MDAs to be more creative as state governments are challenged by the increasing demand for provision of services against decreasing federal allocations.