International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

FUNDING PATTERNS AND STAFF CONFLICT IN SOUTH WEST NIGERIA PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
Dr. Akinrotimi Iyiomo Oyetakin, Festus Oluwole Alabi, Joseph Sunday Kayode

Abstract
The paper examines the funding pattern of universities as a panacea to conflict recorded in recent time. The establishment of universities all over the world has been a highly capital intensive project. Basically, the interaction between human capital maximization and wealth maximization of the investment in university education calls for a pedagogical commitment to the funding. Navigating through university funding remains a financial challenge to the proprietors. Poor funding or under funding of public universities in recent times has propelled incessant conflict due to the denial of workers need in one way or the other. The researchers view the needs denial of university personnel due to non-availability of fund and how this has altered the existing academic norms. Six public universities were randomly selected from the South West geo-political zone of Nigeria. 600 academic staff and 600 non-academic staff were drawn to test the research hypotheses. The research instrument used is titled Funding of University and Staff Conflict Questionnaire (FUSCQ), validated and found reliable at r = 0.73. It was however discovered that there is no significant difference in the funding pattern and staff needs between the federal and state universities which results into frequent strike actions. Recommendations were made based on the funding, that conscious effort should be made to increase budgetary allocations and the welfare of university workers to minimize conflict for optimal productivity expected.

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