THE EFFECTS OF REPRESENTATIVE BUREAUCRACY ON NIGERIA’S QUEST FOR SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND INTEGRATION: A STUDY OF THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE 1999- 2014

Author: Akah Emelda Nzube
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

This thesis is on the effects of Representative Bureaucracy on Nigeria’s quest for sustainable National consciousness and integration in the second republic. It studies selected Nigerian federal Ministries, Agencies and Departments in Anambra and Delta States. Adopting the ideal Bureaucracy theory and the Elite theory, the paper argues that implementing Federal character principle in Nigerian public service contradicts civil service stipulated principle of, anonymity and impersonality, and also depicts game of the petty bourgeoisie who wield the nation’s power. Triangulation method was used in the collection of data and data collected were presented using simple percentage and frequency table as well as pie chart. Three hypotheses guided the study and were tested using textual analysis and chi-square statistical model. The findings showed that although representative bureaucracy is as a result of Nigeria’s social formation, it is not having very good effect on Nigerian Bureaucrats and is yet to bring about sustainable national consciousness and integration as proffer by the Federal Character Commission. It is therefore recommended that representation system should be given the least consideration in recruitment and appointments in the Nigerian public Service.

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