Goddey Wilson (PhD)


The main focus of this study is to examine the relationship between payment of financial incentives and staff productivity in unified local government service of Rivers State, Nigeria. The unified service implies the uniformity in the condition of service of the workers of the 23 local government councils in Rivers State, where a staff can be transferred from one council to another and the staff enjoys the same condition of service. The study reviewed the concepts of financial incentives and staff productivity. The study adopted expectancy theory as its theoretical framework of analysis to explain the role of financial incentives as motivational strategy to positively enhance staff productivity in unified local government service of the state. The study used survey method and purposive sampling technique as the research design and sampling technique respectively. Primary and secondary data were generated for the study. The primary data generated from questionnaires items were presented in tables and analysed with the 4-point Likert scale with a 2.50 criterion mean as the standard. The study findings proved that payment of overtime, compensation, staff insurance, increase in basic salary, staff training allowances among others are some of the financial incentive packages adopted by the unified local government service of Rivers State to boast staff productivity. Also, the study as part of its findings noted that there is a significant relationship between payment of financial incentives and staff productivity in the 23 local government service of Rivers State, particular such financial incentives are paid promptly and accurately to the staff.  Conclusively, the study recommends that various councils should improve its financial incentive packages and pay such financial incentives as at when due to enhance and sustain staff productivity in the 23 local governments.


Financial incentives, local government service, motivation, staff productivity.

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