Can Lamb And Lion Tango? Investigating Nigeria’s Practice of Public Administration and Peculiar Challenges from Structural Functional Theory

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Stephen Chinedu Chioke


There is a gap in scholarly literature that has yet to be filled by scholars regarding the practice of public administration, challenges, and viable policy roadmaps for urgent governance situations in Nigeria. Anchored on functionalism, this study specifically examined the historical, phenomenological, and philosophical investigation of Nigeria's practice of public administration, the challenges of Nigeria's public administration, and how the politics-administration dichotomy influences Nigeria's practice of public administration. The type of data sought established the study through the qualitative method. Data were collected through primary and secondary means, and content analysis was performed. Drawing from interviews with professional administrators, this study revealed how corruption, godfatherism, irresponsible and irresponsive leadership, poverty, and procedural violations troubled public administration. Also, Nigeria’s public administration is characterized by a politics-administration dichotomy with its negative inputs and resultant effects. Due to the pervasive effect of these challenges, the country is not a developmental state and lacks appropriate governance structures that can usher in sustainable development (SD). Nigeria should be made a developmental state through robust development policies and effective implementation by responsive political leadership and administrative practices devoid of corruption, godfather politics, and procedural violations.


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Chioke, S. C. (2024). Can Lamb And Lion Tango? Investigating Nigeria’s Practice of Public Administration and Peculiar Challenges from Structural Functional Theory. PanAfrican Journal of Governance and Development (PJGD), 5(1), 78-105.
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Stephen Chinedu Chioke, Legacy University, Anambra State, Nigeria

Dr. Stephen Chinedu Chioke is a Minister of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the General Council of Assemblies of God Nigeria and is currently in charge of Assemblies of God Urudunu in Ekwusigo LGA, Anambra State. He studied Public Administration and majored in Public Policy Analysis at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He is the Head of the Department of Public Administration and Ag Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Social and Management Sciences, Legacy University Okija. His research interests are on the straddled issues of public policy, development studies, and politics/governance in Africa. He has authored several works published in both local and international journals. He is currently working on a paper titled Paradox of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and Effective International Relations: A Case for Paradigm Shift and Change in Changing Times. 


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