n South African Journal of Labour Relations - Managing workforce diversity and inclusiveness in the public service : going beyond the Nigeria Federal Character Principles (FCP) : forum section

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-8410
  • E-ISSN: 2520-3223



Diversity is an organisational reality which has attracted a great deal more attention in the literature in the West than in Africa. This paper presents the Nigerian case, and traces the diversity issue to the British colonial policy of forcible integration of the ethnic groups, which had struggled to obtain fair representation in the public service. The Federal Character Principles (FCP), which evolved through constitutional engineering in 1999, is the instrument by means of which diversity is managed in the public service. The application of diversity approaches and the diversity continuum in the analysis highlights the need for diversity management efforts to progress beyond legislation and address the challenges of gender representation, inclusion of the aged and the physically challenged, equal access to education and effective monitoring and evaluation of diversity management programmes.

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