Being Book Review On: ‘Write On, Civil Servant: An Insider’s Secret Key To Great Bureaucratic Careers’ By Karibi T. George
Edited By Emmanuel Obe:
In ‘Write On, Civil Servant’, Karibi T. George, Fnipr, presents a professional handbook for civil servants of the executive cadre. The book is divided into three parts.
Part One is subdivided into three chapters. In the first chapter, the author explains that the book: ‘Write On, Civil Servant’ is intended to motivate the civil servant to return to his place as a source of “occupational writing”.
The second chapter, explores the nature of communication, its processes and its functionality.
Chapter Three looks at the various types of written communication in the civil service such as Letters; Records; Notices; Resolutions; Circulars; Memoranda; and Minutes. Each of these methods of written communications has its own format, which the author takes time to explain.
Chapter Four is general commentary on the state of the civil service today and discusses issues that have contributed to the general decline in the quality of written communication in the civil service.
Part 2 takes up the types of written communication individually. The author identifies two forms of Civil Service Writing: Minuting and Expository Writing. He takes time to explain how minutes should be written and how best it can be written.
The author identifies types of expository writing and explains when to use them and backs them up with generous examples.
He lists 16 types of expository writing to include letter, memorandum, circular, notice, minutes, report and executive summary. Others are speech, press release and statement, media articles, communiqué, citation, tribute, corporate profile and e-mail.
In the Third and final Part, the author dwells on issues of styles and form, which he says should be simple, informative and obedient to the rules of grammar.
In the final chapter, the author admonishes civil servants and to get digital because the world now communicates digitally and is leaving analogue writers behind.
K.T. George, a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, is a lawyer and civil servant (+2348033104959).