Influence of Religious Affiliation on the Observance of Civil Service Work Ethics in Osun State
Keywords:Civil service, Religious affiliation, Work ethics
Ethical behaviour for civil servants worldwide is proxied by codes of discipline, loyalty, honesty, courage, cooperation, tact or skilfulness, and kindness, among others. These are behavioural codes any religion should ensure. What is observable in many states of Nigeria raises curiosity on the expected complementary roles of religion and work ethics among civil servants, despite the noble level of religiosity in the country. This study, therefore, set out to, examine the level of awareness of work ethics in the civil service of
Osun State; and determine the influence of the religious affiliation on the observance of civil service work ethics. A sample of 337 males and 217 females was drawn proportionally from six core ministries namely: Education, Finance, Agriculture, Works and Transportation, Health and Environment of the Osun State Civil Service. A semi-structured questionnaire was employed as instrument to collect data. The analysis of data was done using percentages, chi-square and multinomial logit model. The univariate analysis was employed to measure interaction effects of demographic variables. The results showed that there was high level of awareness of work ethics among the three categories of staff in the civil service of Osun State; 96.7% of the Officers, 96.1% of General duty staff and all the Technical officers were aware of and knowledgeable about the work ethics required in the discharge of their duties. The results also revealed that civil servants who were Muslims tend to prefer high observance of work ethics relative to their Christian colleagues when other factors were held constant. The study concluded that religious affiliation of civil servants has no significant influence on their observance of work ethics.