Ethnic Diversity and Effectiveness Recruitment Exercise in Delta State Public Service

  • Benjamin Erhirhie Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
  • Onofere Prince Will Okereka Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria


The nature of contemporary democratic governments has evolved significantly. This transformation is attributed to the increasing responsibility placed on the government to ensure the well-being of a larger portion of the population. This characteristic of the constitution reflects the social contract theory, compelling the government to fulfill expectations by appointing qualified and competent individuals to public service roles. This paper explores the challenges arising from the influences of ethnic diversity, which tend to undermine the adherence to merit principles in the recruitment processes of the Delta State Public Service. The study is grounded in the Weberian bureaucratic model, offering recommendations to address the issues affecting the effectiveness of recruitment exercises in the Delta State Public Service due to primordial factors. One key recommendation is the implementation of measures that prioritize merit over traditional recruitment methods. Specifically, the paper suggests that the recruitment process should be based on the expertise of recognized professionals in the respective fields, aiming to hire the necessary staff while avoiding an excess of personnel in the system.

How to Cite
ERHIRHIE, Benjamin; OKEREKA, Onofere Prince Will. Ethnic Diversity and Effectiveness Recruitment Exercise in Delta State Public Service. KIU Journal of Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 4, p. 177-185, dec. 2023. ISSN 2519-0474. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 feb. 2024. doi: