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Title:Socio-economic development and the Nigerian State: a partial critique of the Nigerian civil bureaucracy
Author:Amuwo, 'KunleISNI
Periodical:Quarterly Journal of Administration
Geographic term:Nigeria
civil service
Abstract:In spite of a conscious policy of Nigerianization and reform of the civil service, it is very doubtful whether the bureaucracy that has served successive civilian and military leaders in Nigeria has any merit. This paper argues that the civil bureaucracy, as a catalyst of development, is a victim of the nature of the Nigerian State and the legal economic order which informs it. The incongruence of the elements of the legal economic order with the moral order engenders a culture of corruption which permeates not only the civil bureaucracy but also the military bureaucracy, the competitive political party system and the commanding heights of the politico-military edifice. This paper contends that a system transformation and the creation of a people's bureaucratic militia are the first steps towards making the Nigerian civil bureaucracy an effective agent of popular and meaningful socioeconomic development. Notes, ref.