Nigerian Politics: Nigerian as a country is made of diver’s ethnic groups where there are dominance of issue like religion indigeneship and tribalism playing major roles during politics

 

 INTRODUCTION

Nigerian Politics: Nigerian as a country is made of diver’s ethnic groups where there are dominance of issue like religion indigeneship and tribalism playing major roles during politics.

Nigeria generally. The key component used in politics is religion while in state indigeneship and tribalism talks the centre stage.

These factors have over the years grossly poloriesd the politics of the country. It is solely this fact that the country has not recorded any appreciable progress. Plateau state which is one of the (36) states is never different are it is characterised by these problem of indigeneship religion and tribalism. political activities in the state are played along these three major line.tje result of this is serious financial mismanagement out night corruption, indiscriminate appointments and employment as well as numerous abandoned projects etc. civil servant owing several months of salaries. A situation like this will never provide for any meaningful development, so the much talk about “dividend of democracy” can never be realised.

GOOD DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP

Under good and normal democratic leadership, the democratic leadership encourages people to participate and involve themselves in decision making. It exert its authority to get things done but will rely more on knowhow and persuasive ability than the use of authority. In this case the idea is that all members of the group participate fully in the process of decision making the existence of any democratic leadership within any organization should be seen to promote greater group productivity. Personalities shaped by this type 0f leadership style are usually more nature, capable of achieving instructional objective and less aggressive (Nwanko 1999)

NIGERIA POLITICS AND TERTIARRY EDUCATION

Politics in Nigeria has had serious consequences on Nigerian tertiary education.

Gone are the days when a child gains admission into tertiary education and graduate at the right time. One major factor that is contributing to the problems in tertiary education is leadership appointment headship in tertiary institutions have been politised,  seniority and competence is no longer  a factor for tertiary education what is required about leadership is a round peg in a round hole not vice-versa. Musa Azi (1982) defined leadership as a process of influencing the activities and behaviour of an individual on a group and directing such influence towards goal achievement in a given situation.

Adesina (1981) also emphasized that leadership connotes the ability to get things done with the assistance and cooperation of other people within the institution, organisation system leadership has to do with the execution of those policies and decision, which helps to direct the activities of an organisation towards its specific goals.

All these can never be achieved when appointment of leaders in the tertiary institution are politised, certainly quality must be compromised.

RETROGRESSIVE EFFECTS OF POLITICS ON TERTIARY INSTITUTION WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO PLATEAU STATE POLYTECHNIC

Plateau polytechnic under the political or democratic era has had its own fare share of serious challenges. The leadership in this institution has never performed to expectation, all these is because political interest must be satisfied. Every government try to appoint leaders who will be loyal to it and in the cause of this standard, quality and competence are grossly compromised. The institution has today become a shadow of its self due to corruption and poor leadership.

Sorry state infrastructure and lack of continuity in commitment policy the institution operates in two campuses. Due to frequent change in governance there are lots of dilapidated structures scattered all over the place. This is because successive administration always want to initiate new projects without completion. Maintenance is never given attention. A clear example of such situation is about structures in Jos campus where classrooms are dilapidated to the extent that some of the windows and doors have been removed without any effort to replace them.

The floors have developed deep pot holes which have worsened the classroom situation. We cannot talk about the painting o the building as that is no longer to view.

Employment has become a major issue therefore there are no cleaners to maintain the classes, animal faeces, urine and smell elude the atmosphere. Lecturers and students are left in the mercy of this mess all due to political failures.

LACK OF PROVISION OF TOILET/URINALS FOR STUDENTS IN THE INSTITUTION.

This is another serious scenario which has caused dangerous nightmare for students. Students can no longer drink water or food well for fear of where relieve themselves.

 

 

 

 

POOR HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION.

The hostels are congested and have a very poor sanitary facility which causes very unhealthy challenges to the health of the students particularly women.

LACK OF LECTURERS

There are very few full-time lecturers and part-time lecturers even the stipend given to the part-time lecturers is hardly paid. There is totally no motivation at all for them and this is seriously affecting their performance. It has worsened recently with the rise in fuel price and other valuables. All these lapses are attestation to the poor and in competent leadership whose root is the politics.

Other indices that are obvious of political mis-giving on tertiary institutions include;

i. Lack of well defined programme for achievement of goals coupled with lack of social acceptability and political attractiveness of programmes.

Reason here borders on wrongful sighting of projects due to corruption.

ii. Lack of clear definition of responsibilities and coordination in tertiary institutions.

There are continuous over lapping of duties/political responsibilities just to satisfy individual selfish interest, a situation which is highly detrimental to the growth of education.

iii. Lack of political sensitivity to demands in tertiary institutions. Mis-placement of priorities here becomes the order of the day. Corruption will not allow the leaders to implement programmes that have real direct bearing in the lives of people.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

1.  Politics should never be allowed into tertiary institutions. Tertiary institution should be given authority.

2.  Government should direct more funds into the institution with adequate supervision to ensure that such funds are judiciously utilized.

3.  All dilapidated structures should be renovated with all doors and windows replaced.

4.  Cleaners should be employed who will clean and ensure adequate care of these facilities.

5.  Part-time lecturers should be given permanent appointments and paid regularly.



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