Dr Uga Margaret Oluwole, Dr Iorlaha John Daagu, Dr Uwalaka Matthew & Adaku Stella Daagu
This study investigated ‘Global economic recession and management of public universities in Benue, Kogi and Niger states of Nigeria. Three research questions were raised and three hypotheses were formulated for the study. The design adopted for this study was descriptive survey design. The population of the study is 6,338 of all the public universities in Benue, Kogi and Niger states of Nigeria. The sample for this study is 639 respondents. Simple random sampling technique was adopted to draw the sample. A structured questionnaire developed by the researchers titled “Economic Recession and Public Universities Management Questionnaire”, (ERPUMQ) was used for data collection. Mean Score and Standard Deviation were used to answer the research questions while Chi-Square was used to test the hypotheses. This study found that global economic recession has influence on funding, provision of library infrastructure and staff recruitment in public universities in Benue, Kogi and Niger states of Nigeria. The study recommended that the government and management should step up efforts in sourcing for funds to be allocated to the universities through approaching philanthropists, synergizing with universities’ alumni and empowering intervention agencies like Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).