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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.