Publisher: University of Calabar

Bureaucracy On Trail: Ethical Standards For Public officials and Employees

Amelia Girly L. Aranas, Bpa., Mpa., Dpa., Ph.d.
KEYWORDS: Ethical conduct, norms of conduct, local public officials and employees

ABSTRACT:

Ethical conducts of public servants is reinforced by political commitment. This political commitment, difficult to benchmark, has been demonstrated by some policy and pronouncements. It is essential to the proper conduct and operation of government that public officials be independent and impartial and that public office not be used for private gain other than the remuneration provided by law. The public interest, therefore, requires that the law protect against any conflict of interest and establish standards for the conduct of elected officials and government employees in situations where conflicts may exist.

Ethical conducts of public servants is reinforced by political commitment. This political commitment, difficult
to benchmark, has been demonstrated by some policy and pronouncements. It is essential to the proper
conduct and operation of government that public officials be independent and impartial and that public office
not be used for private gain other than the remuneration provided by law. The public interest, therefore,
requires that the law protect against any conflict of interest and establish standards for the conduct of
elected officials and government employees in situations where conflicts may exist.


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