The Ecology of Recruitment and Selection of Personnel and the Quest for Efficiency in the Delta State Civil Service (Published)
The role of modern government have increased in volume and completely over the years. It is more so because the enormous responsibility of making a larger number of the citizenry comfortable rest squarely on the government. This symbiotic social contract between government and the people had always compelled every government to employ qualified and competent personnel into its service. This paper examines the problematic of the influences of ecological factors which tend to undermine the consideration of merit principles in the recruitment and selection process. Combining the content analysis with focused group discussion methods, the paper rely on the Weberian bureaucratic model prescription to guide the Delta state Civil Service out of the recruitment and selection process bedeviled by primordial sentiments. Among other things, the paper recommends a dis-emphasis on the prevailing principles that promotes mediocrity as against age-old philosophy of excellence, competence and qualification that facilitate improved implementation of government policies and programmes.