Vol. 2 No. 1 (2024)
Articles

INDUSTRIAL ACTIONS AND HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA: A STUDY OF ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU) IN UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT AND NIGER DELTA UNIVERSITY, AMASSOMA.

Ogbomah, Oyin-Emi Frank
Bayelsa State Polytechnic Aleibiri, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
Olunta Ayebaesin
Bayelsa State Polytechnic Aleibiri, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

Published 2024-01-03

Keywords

  • ASUU,
  • Industrial Actions,
  • Human Capital,
  • Human Capital Development

How to Cite

Ogbomah, Oyin-Emi Frank, & Olunta Ayebaesin. (2024). INDUSTRIAL ACTIONS AND HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA: A STUDY OF ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU) IN UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT AND NIGER DELTA UNIVERSITY, AMASSOMA. West African Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, 2(1), 1-16. https://www.openjournals.ijaar.org/index.php/wajir/article/view/348

How to Cite

Ogbomah, Oyin-Emi Frank, & Olunta Ayebaesin. (2024). INDUSTRIAL ACTIONS AND HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA: A STUDY OF ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU) IN UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT AND NIGER DELTA UNIVERSITY, AMASSOMA. West African Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, 2(1), 1-16. https://www.openjournals.ijaar.org/index.php/wajir/article/view/348

Abstract

This study examined industrial action and how it affects human capital development in Nigeria: a study of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Bayelsa State. ASUU strike is predicated on a lot of issues which include poor remuneration of lecturers, poor funding of public universities, non-payment of earned academic allowance, and the imposition of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in Federal Universities. This has prompted ASUU to embark on several industrial actions to draw government attention to the above issues.  Between 2011 and 2021, ASUU embarked on six industrial actions. ASUU’s industrial actions which often disrupt academic activities in public universities across the country will no doubt affect human capital development in Nigeria. This is because prolonged ASUU strike causes students to lose interest in their studies, affects research and students’ academic development which negatively impacts the quality of graduates produced by public universities in the country. The study adopted the survey research design. Thus questionnaires and oral interviews were used to obtain the primary data from lecturers and students from the two universities. A total of 3000 questionnaires were administered to respondents in the two universities and 2,195 questionnaires were retrieved. The data retrieved were analyzed using the arithmetic mean. The findings revealed that lack of proper funding of public universities in Nigeria, and the imposition of IPPIS in Federal Universities were the major causes of ASUU industrial actions. The findings also revealed that ASUU strike affects research and students’ academic development. The study recommends alternative sources of funding for public universities. The Senate of public universities should ensure that adequate time is given to lecturers and students to prepare whenever ASUU calls off its strike before asking students to write their semester examinations.

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