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Human Resource Development and Utilization in Nigeria Universities

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Human Resource Development and Utilization in Nigeria Universities.


This study was  focused on Human resource development  and  utilization in Nigeria Universities,  a study of the staff of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (2008 – 2015).

Cross-sectional survey design, as well as the proportionate simple random sampling technique, was used  and  both primary and secondary sources of data collection were employed.

The instruments for data collection were validated by experts in the field and its reliability guaranteed by the test re-test technique before the actual administration.

The study was anchored on system theory which emphasized the interdependency of component units that make up the  whole.  Chi-square  was used in testing the hypotheses.

Findings from the study showed that there is problem of staff development and utilization in the University of Nigeria Nsukka, especially among the non- teaching staff.

The study thus recommended among other things, that the University management has to embark on in-service-training programmes for  the  staff,

Especially the  non-teaching ones to enable them acquire and develop more skills to meet the demand of their jobs and also at intervals organize orientation, conferences, workshops, seminars and lectures for their staff.


1.1 Background of Study

In Nigeria, the society depends solely on the educational Institution for the production of individuals who would be competent enough to contribute meaningfully to  the development  of  the society.

Universities, as the highest educational institutions, are statutorily charged with the responsibility of producing high level manpower. In addition, according to National policy on education, the institutions are to:

  • Develop and inculcate proper values for the survival of the individual and
  • Develop the intellectuals capacity of individual to understand and appreciate their  local and external environments and
  • Promote national and international understanding and interaction. (Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004:36).

In pursuit of these goals, Universities are established. The  Universities  in  Nigeria  are owned by Federal Government, State  government,  Private organizations  or private individuals.

In these institutions, there are many resources viz: human, material and financial resources.

That the universities are doing well in academics and rendering of services is highly dependent on the availability of competent lecturers and trained non-teaching staff.


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