Corruption and Management of Public Universities in South–South, Nigeria

Dr Joan Nike Ada, Dr Aernyi Indira & Dr Jackson Ter Azever Inguran


This study adopted descriptive survey design to investigate the influence of corruption on management of public universities in areas of infrastructural development and staff promotion. It was guided by two research questions and two hypotheses. The population consisted of 11,102 staff of public universities in the South-South, while the sample size was 1,084 respondents drawn through multistage sampling. A 10-item questionnaire titled “Corruption and University Management Questionnaire” (CUMQ) was used for data collection. The instrument was validated by three experts. A trial test of the instrument yielded a reliability coefficient of 0.80. The questionnaire was administered on 1,084 respondents. Data collected were analysed using Mean scores and Standard Deviation to answer the research questions while Chi-square was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The study found that corruption has significant influence on infrastructural development and staff promotion in public universities in South-South, Nigeria. The study recommended that the government and management of universities should embark on awareness campaign to curtail the incidence of corruption and also collaborate and ensure that corruption is eradicated in public universities in the South-South of Nigeria so as to facilitate effective management of universities.

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