STAFF MOTIVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY IN NIGERIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL- A FOCUS ON ENUGU STATE (2010 – 2016)

STAFF MOTIVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY IN NIGERIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL- A FOCUS ON ENUGU STATE (2010 – 2016)

ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to investigate and find out the effects of staff motivation and productivity in Nigerian Local Government Council and from that ascertain the possible solutions to the problems of poor performance and low productivity at the local government. The study was guided by the following three research questions: what are the factors militating against staff motivation in the local government council of Enugu state. What are the causes of low productivity in Enugu state local government council? What are the strategies to improve staff motivation to enhance productivity in Nigerian Local Government council? Furthermore, the following hypothesis were tested at 0.5 level of significance: there is a significant relationship between inadequate funding and staff motivation, the productivity of Local Government Council is dependent on staff motivation, good welfare packages improves productivity at the Local Government Council. The research was limited to 300 staff of the three selected local government council of Enugu state. The instruments used were questionnaire, a total of 300 questionnaires were distributed and returned. The chi-square test was used in analysing the data collected. The results showed that there were inadequate and ineffective systems of employee motivation, inefficient management system, high rate of bribery and corruption and poor working condition in the LGA. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made: A good and adequate system of motivation, discipline and control of staff should be designed and conscientiously implemented. A well formulated and strictly adhered to system of recruitment, selection and placement of staff should be adopted. Also good working conditions should be adequately provided. In conclusion, the researcher advocated that the funding of Local Governments should be improved and various Committees be set to be checking them to ensure proper accounting habit, eradicate financial dishonesty, corruption and fraud. Moreover, the operations of the Local Government should be computerised to ensure easy control, co-ordination and administration.