THE IMPACT OF PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL ON THE DETERMINATION OF TRAINING NEEDS IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Since Nigeria gained her independent in 1960, we have been faced with the problem of shortage of trained and experienced manpower need for social economic development of the country. Our inability to provide for the necessary manpower training needs result in the inefficient and under utilization in Nigeria are much concerned with the profit maximization motive of business concerned that they tend to ignore the need for training their workers to equip them with knowledge, skills and attitudes required for effective performance on their job, they instead, considered the money they would spend on their training programmes as a waste than as an investment.
Training and performance appraisal like any form of training as a means to an end. In this case, the end to secure the human resources of the organization, in order to achieve the organization’s corporate objectives, the manpower situation with its strength and weaknesses will have assessed in general terms at the top management level. This assessment will have lead, where necessary to a number of long sufficient and suitable employees for the achievement of corporate plans as a waste.
The advent of the British in Nigeria saw them setting up a new system of local government administration in Nigeria by Lord Lugard in 1914 when he amalgamated the Northern and southern protectorates.
In the Nigeria context, the evaluation of local government can be traced to the pre-colonial rule. During this period, the various ethnic groups had their own systems of local government, which had the traditional rulers and chiefs at the helm of affairs.
The 1976 local government reforms were embarked upon by the central government and all the states governments under the leadership of General Olusegun Obasanjo (Rtd). The main areas in the pattern of local government management which attracted much attention were those of the structure, functions, sources of revenue of the local governments, the position of traditional rulers and other related areas. They were recognized as the bedrock upon which any purposeful reform has to concentrate if it is to achieve its goals. Also, it was felt that once they were adequately taken care of, all other needs would be relatively manageable.