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Abu Idris ; Otinche, Sunday Inyokwe; Aidelokhai, Dennis Idonije

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Abu Idris ; Otinche, Sunday Inyokwe; Aidelokhai, Dennis Idonije
Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences IBB University, P.M.B 11, Lapai-Niger state

Idris, Abu, et al. "BUREAUCRATIC ETHOS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 11, Nov. 2019, pp. 6820-6836, Accessed Nov. 2019.
Idris, A., Inyokwe, O., & Idonije, A. (2019, November). BUREAUCRATIC ETHOS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(11), 6820-6836. Retrieved from
Idris, Abu, Otinche, Sunday Inyokwe, and Aidelokhai, Dennis Idonije. "BUREAUCRATIC ETHOS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 11 (November 2019), 6820-6836. Accessed November, 2019.


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The application of administrative theories and principles are driving forces in the socio-economic and political development of Asian Tigers. There has been growing concern for African states to attain similar developmental status through the application of the theories and principles of administration. The paper argued that bureaucracy provides better organizational efficiency in the work place, but, its principles do not translate to the development of African states because of poor policy implementation. It further established that the representative bureaucracy tagged federal character remains germane in Nigeria, but, it violates the bureaucratic ethos of hiring labor based on merit. The apparent abuse of the principle of hierarchy in the public sectors, poor application of formal rule and political interference among others have altered the fundamentals of bureaucracy neutrality and generated development inertia in Nigeria. The paper relied on secondary data to analyze the subject matter and used the ethical theory to explore the effects of bureaucratic ethos on the development of African states and Nigeria in particular. The paper concluded that the reform of the bureaucracy and the judiciary will restore the rule of law in public administration and development administration in African countries and Nigeria in particularly. To this end, the paper recommends ethical reform, visionary leadership and administrative and professional commitment as remedies to the development inertia experienced in African countries in general and Nigeria in particular.