Representative Bureaucracy, Meritocracy, and Nation Building in Nigeria

by Bola Dauda and Toyin Falola


"Drawing from rich historical and archival sources, the authors provide a concise but excellent synthesis of the historical development of the Nigerian public service from the colonial period to the present, and they highlight its regional composition of the federal public service, key reforms, disjuncture, major challenges, and prospects. ... The book offers rich historical data evidencing a huge gap in educational attainment between the North and South ... Wide gaps in educational attainment meant that the South dominated the Nigerian public service since the 1940s. ... the book discusses well and engages with one of the biggest challenges hindering Nigeria's economic development and social cohesion: ethnicity ... The book should benefit experts, practitioners, students, and general readers." —Africa Today


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