Manpower Development And Productivity In Tertiary Institutions In Nigeria (A Case Study Of Federal Polytechnic, Oko)

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Manpower Development And Productivity In Tertiary Institutions In Nigeria (A Case Study Of Federal Polytechnic, Oko)

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

No organization has ever succeeded without human effort, in fact, human effort is undoubtedly the sine-qua-non for the extent to which the set goals of this organization are realized or not realized. This is simple because every other resource that contributes the organizational goal attainment are initiated and determined by the person who make up the organization.

Onah (1995), quoting Oguyi emphasize the importance of manpower in nation building. He says that:

No nation in the world can carry out any of its development, programme without adequate and competent manpower. The vital role of manpower comes into focus both in time of peace and when nation is at war. Qualified manpower is not only the critical but a measure of nation strength, security and well being.

The human resources of a nation hold the key to its survival, prosperity and future economic and social development.

The realization of the above fact explains the pre-occupational of every management with some personnel functions, recruitment, employer/labour relation, welfare, reward and punishment of the workforce to enhance productivity. However, manpower development and its eventual management do not seem to have received the attention they deserve. Thus the genesis of the problem of low productivity may well lay with the manpower development strategies of the organization and also eventual inadequacy. How a the management of Federal Polytechnic Oko has carried out these aspect of personnel functions to facilitate the day to day running of the school is the focus of this work.

1.1 Background Of The Study

The school was established in 1981 through the collective effort of the community as a self-help project. It is located in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. Under the regime of Dr. Alex Ekwueme who was the former civilian vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The institution was formally known as college of Arts and Science in 1979.

Thereafter, it was upgrade to college of Arts, Science and Technology in June 28th; 1980. The college was formally formalized as Anambra State Polytechnic Oko (ANAMPOLY). It is today known as Federal Polytechnic, Oko.

There was low level of productivity and development in the institution then, but today with the effort of Prof. Godwin Onu, the Rector Federal Polytechnic Oko there are a lot of changes and rapid development in the institution.

1.2 Statement Of The Problems

Manpower Development and productivity in Federal Polytechnic, Oko has been very poor due to the reasons of administrative inefficiencies like

  1. Financial inadequacy for staff training and development.
  2. Lack of conducive classroom for students.

1.3 Purpose Of The Study

The research was undertaken to study manpower development and productivity using the Federal Polytechnic Oko as a case study to achieve the following.

  1. To find out the extent to which the institution promotes manpower development.
  2. To find out the relationship between training and productivity in the institution.
  3. To discover the effect of staff training development on career expectation and job mobility.

1.4 Significance Of The Study

This study is significant in three ways; it serves are fulfillment of the requirement for the award of Higher National Diploma (HND) in public administration.

It will contribute to the body of knowledge on the topic academically.

The findings and recommendation in the work can be valuable as a guide in formulating manpower development and productivity policies for Polytechnics institution in the country.

1.5 Research Question

  1. Do the staff of Federal Polytechnic Oko go for training from time to time?
  2. What do you consider to be the major problem facing Federal Polytechnic Oko?
  3. Can training programme improves the performance of Federal Polytechnic Oko?
  4. What is the attitude of the management towards training and development of staff of Federal Polytechnic Oko?
  5. Are staff of Federal Polytechnic Oko return from training effectively utilized?

1.6 Scope Of The Study

This study is confined to only manpower development and productivity in the Federal Polytechnic Oko.

1.7 Definition Of Terms

This research work may not be undertaken successfully without attempt to define key concepts as they are used in this study for proper conceptualization.

Civil Service:

According to Ugbo (2008), she says, civil service is that component of the large public services which is centrally placed to provide guidance, advice, general supervision and co-ordination of government operations- both at the state and federal levels.

Public Service:

Public service is different from civil service embraces the civil service and other paratatals, commission and agencies of government services to the public.


It is a process by which employees systematically acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude for efficient performance of their duties. Training enables employees to unlearn undesirable job behviour and to learn or relearn acceptable job behaviour, normal and practices for through job performance. Training seeks relatively performance change in the individual that will improve his or her ability to perform on the job.

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