An Assessment Of The Public Management Performance Of Public Enterprise In Nigeria (A Case Of Rivers State Transport)

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This research study tries to investigate the assessment of the management performance public enterprise in Nigeria, a case study of Rivers state transport company (RSTC). One of the major objective of any government is a stable growth and development of the country through industrialization. One of the means through which this is achieved is by the establishment of public enterprises.

Rivers state transport company, being a public enterprise, the researcher has undertaken to investigate how much it has contributed to the general growth and development of Nigeria and also investigate any managerial problems it may have.

The research study contains five chapters, chapter one introduction of the topic “on assessment of the management performance of public enterprise (a case study of Rivers state transport company) along with the statement of problems, objectives of the study, Chapter two talks about the review of the literature on the topic.

Chapter three is about the research methodology. Chapter four talk about analysis and introduction of data. Chapter five contains conclusions followed by recommendation to the management of Rivers state transport company.

Table Of Contents

Preliminary Page(s)

  • Title page
  • Approval page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract
  • Table of contents

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

  • 1.1 Background of the study
  • 1.2 Statement of problems
  • 1.3 Objectives of the study
  • 1.4 Research questions
  • 1.5 Significance of the study
  • 1.6 Scope of the study
  • 1.7 Limitations of the study
  • 1.8 Definition of terms

Chapter Two

2.0 Literature Review

  • 2.1 Introduction

Chapter Three

3.0 Research Design and Methodology

  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Research design
  • 3.3 Sources/methods of data collection
  • 3.4 Population and Sample size
  • 3.5 Sample technique
  • 3.6 Validity and reliability of measuring instruments
  • 3.7 Method of data analysis

Chapter Four

4.0 Presentation and Analysis of Data

  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Presentation
  • 4.3 Analysis of data
  • 4.4 Interpretation of results

Chapter Five

5.0. Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.1. Introduction
  • 5.2. Summary of Findings
  • 5.3. Conclusion
  • 5.4. Recommendation
  • References
  • Appendix
  • questionnaire

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

In many developing economy, the government is the main initiator and promoter of economic development in any nation, especially in Nigeria.

In developing countries, government usually intervene in some areas of the economic in which the private sector cannot perform. According to Abubalor (1986) in order to facilitate and made use of many public enterprises over the year.

It would be recalled however, that in the fifties and sixties, agriculture was the main stay of the Nigeria economy. The early seventies earned for Nigeria loge erude oil revenue at a level that never was anticipated. This new dimension got government involved more with widely diversified investments in areas that spun both the traditional public sector and exclusive private sector business.

As a result of this development in Chide Oil, Agriculture that was the main stay of our economy was later given less attention. Owing to this circumstance, the government investment were sponsored mostly by the oil revenues. The oil boom era (1974-1979) has been described as the golden era for public investment.

The government invested in over 30 parastatals and companies within this period. Most of them have been unprofitable some cannot even meet their operating cost and have depended on government subvention for their year management and survival.

Public cooperation in Nigeria have been considered insufficient and wistful. This is because they have viewed it with the profit criterion. Kindleberger (1986) however, think that this is usually not appropriate to use the performance standard of the private sector. They are hoses in deferent colours, the objective of private business is profit, while the government enterprises is service to the society or promotion of general welfare.

Olisa (1985) said that prior to independent and after Nigeria was faced with the problem of attaining her social economic objectives, there was no well destined capitalist class, that could operate the much needed development through their productive and industrializing activities. The civil service at that time was inappropriate for accelerated development and the country was saddened with the problem of running many business.

These parastatals are established outside the civil service and this allowed for greater freedom of action quicker decision making which will promote their full efficiency and effectiveness in administering their function to the general well being and welfare of the public. These corporation are managed through government appointment officials who could utilize the profit accruing from their operations in catering for the public interest (Onwudunmi (1970).

(Ugwu:1990) said that in Nigeria, it is very unfortunate that, the government have topic development and this is because the management of these enterprises have constituted the bane of these enterprises most of them failed to meet people’s expectations in terms of provision of goods and services and development in general.

The commercially oriented ones neither makes profits or even sustain themselves. All efforts by successive government yield no positive result despite various commissions of inquiring and review parties. The performance of these enterprises still shorts of people expectation. It is based on this that the researcher finds the need to investigate these problems in Rivers state transport.

1.1 Background Of The Study

An assessment of the public performance of public enterprises in Nigeria, a case study of Rivers state transport company covers the production and accessibility of Rivers state companies their functions, objectives and mode of performance.

The Rivers state transport company is a multi national company that operate nation wide in convening people goods and services to the general public through an established law registered in the cooperate affair commission that allow it operation on the state as a legal entity different from the government body, but managed and run by the government appointed officials who also make returned to the government.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

It is very important to note that the public enterprise in any economy has important role to play in the rapid socio economic development of the country.

Government owned enterprises and business in Nigeria are established to accelerate the pace of economic development in which government is the major investor. Due to the important roles associated with the major public enterprises in Nigeria, there is need for good management for its efficiency, it is a fact that government spend large sum of money in setting up these enterprises and this looks forward to making profit.

As a result if inefficiency in running the enterprise, federal government have in recent years set up committee which studied the public corporation and parastatals and recommendation of privatization and commercialization of some of these enterprise.

These enterprises performance so poorly than private owned business. Since public enterprises are important in growth of any economy, there is the need to investigate to problems of public enterprises in Nigeria. Also there is need to identify the reason for criticism leveled against them.

Despite the enormous investment in public enterprises in Nigeria obviously not getting good value for the money being spend or invested on these public enterprises. This gives the decision to this research on an assessment of the management performance of the public enterprise in Nigeria in Rivers state” using Rivers state transport company as a case study (RSTC).

1.3 Objective Of The Study

This study is aimed at an assessment of the management performance of public enterprises in Nigeria in Rivers state with a view to identifying these problems and therefore coming up with solution to them as related to the aforementioned corporation. This study is aims to

  1. Identifying some of problems of managing facing the public enterprises like inadequate finance, poor management skill infrastructural facilities etc.
  2. Examining the influence of the problems on the corporation in participation and the state as a whole.
  3. Identify if there is an impact of government interference on their performance.
  4. Giving recommendation based on the finding of the study and suggesting suitable ways and strategies of improving the management efficiency of duties.

1.4 Research Questions

  1. How can management proficiency be determined in public enterprise?
  2. How effectiveness should the public enterprise in business operation?
  3. Can the government tackle the problems of the management of public enterprise in Nigeria?
  4. Could this problem of public enterprises enable them create employment opportunities in Nigeria?
  5. In what way could the solution of these problem help RSTC to improve in their management performance?
  6. What impact could it create in transportation of good in RSTC production?

1.5 Significance Of The Study

In third world countries, public enterprise are noted for their inefficiency and waste of resources. To save the situation and injury is needed in this sector of our economy especially at this time of economic difficulties at this rime of our economy facing the country.

The country cannot afford to encourage not entertain any kind of economic waste in our public enterprises since it efficiencies maximized, it will definitely have a positive effect on the improve standard of living of the general public. This is the significance if this is study. It is hoped that the study of the problems of managing in the public enterprise in River state (RSTC) will help management sort some managerial problems so that both workers and organizations will benefit and the public enterprises will achieve more in future.

1.6 Scope Of The Study

The study seeks to cover various problems of managing identified in the government owned establishment. Anambra motors manufacturing company. The scope of this study covers what ever problems that will hinder the profitability of this company sustainability and continued growth in the management of public enterprises they have so many opportunities to study and requires series of contacts in their company.

1.7 Limitation Of The Study

This is the process that various management facing Anambra motors manufacturing company. Their limitation in term of time involvement from staff of the organization being studies and administrative bottleneck act as impediment to smooth carry out of this work.

1.8 Definition Of Terms

Ware House:

A warehouse is a commercial building for storage of goods. Warehouse are used by many factories, importers and exporters, wholesale transporters business customers etc, in storing of materials not need at a pot. They are usually large pain building in industries parts of town. They come equipped with docks to load and unload trucks of sometimes are loaded directly from railways airport or supports they also often have cranes and formalities for moving goods.


Is seen as the creative management function, which promotes trade and employment by assessing consumer needs and initiating research and development to meet them. It coordinates the resources of production and distribution of goods and services, determine and direct the nature and scale or the total effort required to sell profitably the maximum production to the ultimate user. And can be seen as the process by which term applied to the craft or making the producers or a product or services with customers, both existing and potential. It provides any direction to someone hoping to market his product or services effectively with that a more modern explanation of what marketing is and what makes it effective marketing is a four step process that begins with analyzing potential users or buyers.

Consumer Market:

The consumer market deals with the last final consumer who buys the product for their own satisfaction personal use or student consumer, you could possible be a member of the market of the consumer market covers a wide.
Enterprise management service: This provides complete life cycle and configuration management of enterprise assets through and integrated for suite, we provide cradle to grave service utilizing a suite of product for standardized repetitive process for procurement the enterprise management service data base provides the resources for continuously assessing and improving customer services.


Sales or the activity of selling an integral part of commercial activities mastering sales is considered by many as some sort for persuading “art on the contrary” the methodological approach of selling refers to it as a systematic process of repetitive and measurable milestone by which a sales person rate his offering enabling the buyer to visualized how to achieve his good in a economic way. Selling is a practical implementation of marking it often forms a separate grouping in an corporate structure employing a separate specialist operatives known as sale men

Chapter Five

5.0 Summary Of Findings, Conclusion And Recommendation

5.1 Introduction

The research attempted to study the development of public enterprises in River state with reference to River state transport company (RSTC)

In addition, efforts were made at renewing the concepts and purpose of public enterprise. The performance and problems of public enterprise were also reviewed.

5.2 Summary Of Findings

The study and research An Assessment of the public management performance of public enterprises in Nigeria, A case study of the Rivers state transport company study the development of public enterprises in Rivers with reference to Rivers state transport company (RSTC)

Furthermore, efforts were made at presenting the views of various researcher and authors on the problems of public enterprises and this influences the formation of the finding presented for research.

Finally, the analysis made in chapter four forms and important part of the discussions that follows. After the data collected have been presented and analyzed, the following findings were made by the research.

  1. The management misplacement of funds reflect its inefficiency.
  2. That the exertion of control by the government do not facilitate decision making and do not improve the efficiency of the organization.
  3. That staff salaries were not paid regularly and this affect their appreciation for their job.
  4. That lack of training of staff affects the manpower planning of the organization.

In consideration of this findings, the researcher deals with the first finding, it was proved that management misplacement of organizational objectives is not the bone of efficiency. This could be attributed to the fact that in so far as the worker are selected on the basis of merit and properly remunerated and goals could still be realized despite poor performance of management. There are cases in everyday life where workers set to right the wrong doings of management especially in areas were managers are appointed on the basis of sectional actions.

In some cases answers may take too long to come. The general managers and the managers who are in organization are likely to be more knowledgeable than a political appointed or members of the board of directors in organizing and management of company.

The management should be allowed to handle immediate attentions or otherwise improve efficiency of the organization.

5.3 Conclusion

The success of any business enterprises is entirely dependent upon the efficiency of its managerial system.

Therefore, the demand for a strategic management approach in such sector as in RSTC in Nigeria cannot be over emphasized. It is often a misnomer to regard as mere public sector, which cannot be managed efficiently and lost effectively. The concept of all discipline of human endeavour and most especially in the process of technical transformation and commercialization of the enterprise product in Nigeria.

Continuous interference by government non regular payment of staff salaries and the obvious lack of training staff are within the general preview of management planning and competitive strategy. Efficient management is the key to managing the desired product of the enterprises available to the public at the right time. The enterprise product being a strategic product in Nigeria, the government and other agencies connected with the marketing and distribution are hereby called upon to find a lasting solution to the problems of managing associated with the company (RSTC) by complementing the recommendations attempts to provide solution to the problems earlier identified in the study.

5.4 Recommendations

As a result of the importance of government owned companies in the development of the economy and their problems expressed by the respondents in the course of the research work, the following recommendations were made by the research, these will help in improving the performance of the public enterprises in particular and the motion economy at large.

  1. The management should maintain a dear nationalized staff established policy and procedure consistent with its defined goals and the mechanism for their attainment staffing should be seen as one of the most important finding in the establishment. The management should appoint and promote their personnel on the basis of national guidelines.
  2. Adequate revenue should be allocated to government owned enterprises. Due to the grossly inadequate allocation of revenue many facilities and equipment have been ground. This led to the reduction in the services the organization can offer and led to low patronage, founds should be made available to enable the enterprises to acquire modern facilities and maintain properly the ones they already have.

For the purpose of quick decisions making and smooth operation of the organization management should be given some means of authority in addressing quick routine decisions as necessary by contingency without interference of government of board of directors. The management should initiate new plans that are necessary for the successful operation of the company because being part of the organization they can identify fully with the aspirations and problems of the company. We agree that management is important because every human organization requires effective management to be successful.

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