ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration
Volume No: 1|
Page No: 1
PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF THE NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
HAMZA ABDULLAHI YUSUF*
DR. YUSUF IS A SENIOR LECTURER, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION ABU, ZARIA, NIGERIA.
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.<a href="http://www.ardakatircioglu.com/meme-buyutme-ameliyati-istanbul.php">Göğüs Büyütme Ameliyatı</a>
The Nigerian (public) university system structural and institutional expansion, the explosion in student intakes and the socio-economic dynamics have made university education and its management cumbersome, contradictory, disarticulative and chaotic. The institutional diversity, operational complexity and external interference not only affect its autonomy but also undermine the essence of university education. With few exceptions, the quality and relevance of research, teaching and learning has continued to decline in the institutions; many universities operate with overcrowded and deteriorating physical facilities, limited and obsolete library resources, insufficient equipment and instructional materials, outdated curricula, inability to attract and retain qualified teaching staff (as a result of brain drain) and the absence of academic rigour and systematic evaluation of performance. Thus the almost total disappearance of standards and poor quality output, as a result of poor management, resources and industrial crisis, most Nigeria universities now function at the periphery of the international community standard, unable to participate in the knowledge production and adaptation necessary to confront the most important economic and social problems of the country. All these are dotted particularly by poor and inadequate funding of the Nigeria public universities.