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Year: 2014|   Volume No: 3|   ISSN: 2360-9664|   Page No: 


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A STUDY OF JOB SATISFACTION ON ACADEMIC STAFF IN SELECTED NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES (1990- 2003)

PROF. MOUKTAR ALTI UMAR

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, USMANUDANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

The success of any organization depends on the ability of its managers to effectively mobilize, harness and utilize its human and material resources for the attainment of its objectives. Of all organizational resources however, human resources stand out as the most vital and significant because they manipulate and channel other resources into productive purposes. People, Sveiby (1997) noted, “are the only true agents in business. All assets and structures, whether tangible or intangible are the results of human actions”. All defend ultimately on people for their continued existence. They are, in other words, the organizations most important assets. Managers of organizations should accordingly, not only attract, employ and retain a competent body of employees but should also motivate and satisfy them to perform efficiently. While managers strive to attain the goals of the organization, they should also understand that employees are individuals who seek to meet their needs and find overall sense of satisfaction with their work and personnel goals. Managers should therefore facilitate the attainment of the needs of their employees by identifying them and striving, within organizational limits, to satisfy them.....

SUMMARY:

The significance of human resources to the success of organizations cannot be over emphasized, organizations should therefore not only recruit satisfied, competent and dedicated employees, but must also create conducive atmosphere for them to put in their best to their success and maintain their membership in them. Universities as human capital development institutions need to have a satisfied workforce, that will, in turn facilitate the achievement of their objectives. Over the years however, absence of job satisfaction among academic staff has led to extensive labour turnover or brain drain in the University system. This study has found out that financial reward and benefits, promotion opportunities are the most important determinants of or precursors to job satisfaction. Universities however need to be adequately funded to facilitate the satisfaction of these facets. Funding has remained one of the most persistent and vexing issues in ASUU –Federal Government relations over the years and has resulted into a number of strike actions by the academic staff as is currently being experienced, previous strike actions were witnessed in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2003. Under-funding has resulted in inadequate staffing, inadequate facilities, deteriorating infrastructures, expression of dissatisfaction of staff through strike actions, reduction of time used in academic pursuit, lowering of academic ability of students and declining motivation of staff resulting in brain drain (Ajayi, 1999: 22).

 

 

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