Physical Resource Management and Maintenance Culture in Nigerian Universities

  • Stella Ofor-Douglas, PhD University of Port Harcourt
Keywords: Education, Physical Resource, Resource Management, Maintenance Culture
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This paper deals with physical resource management and maintenance culture in Nigerian universities. Physical resource is the resource that can be seen (tangible). Resource management is the proper utilization and management of resources such that they are adequate and efficient for the needs of individuals in an organization. The importance of resource management in universities is to see whether the human resource is over or under-allocated in a particular faculty in the university to avoid wastage. Maintenance culture refers to the measures taken so that materials and resources are maintained properly. Universities refer to institutions of higher learning whereby an individual seeks to further his education after the secondary school level. The absence/ poor maintenance of physical resources in Nigerian universities would undoubtedly lead to a decline in the productivity of the university. This paper is to provide a means of efficient management and maintenance of physical resource in Nigerian universities. The objective of this paper is to proffer solutions to the challenges of effective management and maintenance of physical resources in Nigerian universities. The challenges facing the effective management and maintenance of physical resources in Nigerian universities were provided in this paper to include inadequate funding, inadequate facilities, and misuse of university facilities, amongst others. A conclusion was made and a way forward for the challenges facing the efficient management and maintenance of physical resource in Nigerian universities were provided. This includes the provision of adequate funds, punishment of greedy administrators that covert funds, provision of adequate modern facilities, proper maintenance of physical resource from time to time, amongst others.  


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Ofor-Douglas, S. (2022). Physical Resource Management and Maintenance Culture in Nigerian Universities. East African Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 5(1), 40-49.