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ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration

Year: 2012|   Volume No: 1|   ISSN: 2360-9664|   Page No: 1


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Title:  PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF THE NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

HAMZA ABDULLAHI YUSUF

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION ABU, ZARIA, NIGERIA.

ABSTRACT

Nigerian universities are facing fundamental changes so much that the essence, principle and philosophy for establishing the system are being challenged. Among other reasons as globalization, information and communication technology and the tenacity of competition is also the most critical problem of crisis of resources. The major, if not the exclusive preoccupation, of these resources is funding required to manage the system. Statutory and historical antecedents have compelled the Nigerian public university system to depend excessively on government for funding to the extent that this source constitutes up to 90 per cent of their annual budgetary requirements. However, successive Nigerian governments continually failed to live up to this demand; and as this source dwindled by the year, survival of the public university system became threatened. The problems of inadequate, obsolete and dilapidated infrastructures as well as inadequate or non-existent learning and research facilities, etc. are due to poor funding. Even the so-called premier universities have grossly slides in ability to deliver their essence and make meaningful contribution to national development due to lack of funding, faculty and infrastructures. Today, higher education, especially the Nigeria public university system, has lost their privilege place in donor priorities, strategies and patronage. This paper assumes that the public-private partnership is the viable option for effective management of the Nigeria public universities. Using the secondary empirical data for analysis, the paper concludes that the viable strategy to redress the funding needs, infrastructure development and management crisis is for the Nigeria university system to engage with the public-private partnership principle; and this is sine quo non to its survival and effective management. The paper, therefore, recommends that the Nigerian universities should source from and partner with donor agencies, private individuals and organizations.

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