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Politics in Federal and State universities in the North Central, Nigeria has become a thing of serious concern to scholars, policy makers, educational administrators, academic and administrative staff, parents, students and researchers. This is because the area is multi- cultural, multi-religious, multi- ethnic and multi-linguistic thereby making universities in the area vulnerable to political manipulations and influence. This study investigated staff perception of the influence of political factors on personnel matters which have affected staff and students’ morale, their productivity, and the effective management of personnel matters in federal and state universities in the area. Eight research questions and hypotheses guided the study. A sample of 1120 made up of 767 staff of federal universities and 353 staff of state universities was used to collect data for the study. The Descriptive survey design was used for the study. The instrument used was a 56 – item structured questionnaire titled Influence of Politics on Personnel Management Questionnaire (IPPMQ). This was used to collect data from 1120 respondents comprising767 staff from five federal universities and 353 staff from five state universities in the North Central, Nigeria. Mean scores and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions while the t-test was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The major findings of the study showed that partisan political, ethnic and sectional considerations, religious affiliation, favouritism, the quota system and catchment area policy, significantly influenced the appointment of members of governing councils, vice chancellors and other principal officers, staff employment, trade union activities and students’ admissions in federal and state universities. However, the findings also showed that political factors do not significantly influence staff appointment to positions and staff promotion in both federal and state universities. There were however, significant differences in the mean rating scores between staff of federal and state universities on the influence of political factors on the appointment of council members, vice chancellors and other principal officers, staff appointment to positions, staff employment and promotion, trade union activities and students’ admissions. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended among others, that a Congregation Committee (CC) made up of impeccable characters be established in each university to screen prospective members of Governing Councils before their appointment and that Vice Chancellors of federal and state universities should be elected by a Senate Search Committee (SSC) of each university.

Project detailsContents
Number of Pages190 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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