Gender Influence on the Use of Information and Communication Technology by Lecturers in Library Schools in South-East and South-South Zones of Nigeria (Published)
The general purpose of the study is to determine the gender influence on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by lecturers in library schools in South-East and South-South Zones of Nigeria. The study covers the entire population of 162 lecturers in library schools in South-East and South-South zones of Nigeria. 145 copies of the questionnaire were completed and returned for analysis representing 89.5%. The result of the finding shows that both male and female lecturers use ICT. This is evident to the fact that lecturers whose gender makes them appreciate the use of ICT had mean value of 3.0. The study recommends that seminars and workshops on ICT should be organized for lecturers. This will help to expose them to the potentials which ICT offers in the field of academic, and through this way arouse their interest more towards the use of ICT. Again lecturers with negative attitudes to ICT because of gender barrier should be encouraged through ICT training programme. This will make such lecturers to develop positive attitudes towards ICT and use it for their academic activities.
Knowledge Integration and Service Delivery of Health Professionals in Public Hospitals in South-South Nigeria (Published)
The specific objective of the study was to ascertain the extent to which knowledge integration influences service delivery of health professionals in public hospitals in South-South Nigeria. The study employed a correlation design. A sample of 596 respondents were selected from twelve categorized public hospitals is South-South using Taro Yamani’s formula. 34 questions were formulated in the questionnaire in line with the stated objective of the study. A total of 596 copies of questionnaire were administered and 551 copies were collected showing 92 percent responses, 10 responses were rejected and 541 copies constituting 90 percent of the questionnaire were analyzed. The results showed that there is positive significant relationship between knowledge integration and service delivery of health professionals in public hospitals in South-South Nigeria. The study concluded that the integration of knowledge management in service delivery is a vital aspect of learning in healthcare organization, as new discoveries and knowledge become available to professionals in their respective fields which have to acquire, transmit, retain and use the knowledge. The study therefore, recommends that organizations of various sizes should adequately integrate knowledge management enablers’ factors in their organizational culture and leadership to enhance organizational performance and provision of service quality. The integration of new knowledge in all the units within the healthcare institutions/organizations and adequate implementation of health policies and programmes will help to transform the healthcare delivery into a more cost effective error averse and accountable public resources. There should be an increasing individuals’ confidence in integrating useful knowledge with others. Knowledge integration can be enhanced by increasing employees’ self-efficacy through training. Organizations are expected to help shape and facilitate staff perceptions of knowledge ownership which have been found to enhance their knowledge integration because of internal satisfaction.
Determinants of Loan Default and Repayment Rates by Cassava Farmers in South-South Nigeria: A Case Study of Bank of Agriculture And First Bank of Nigeria (Published)
The study of determinants of loan default and repayment rates by cassava farmer loan beneficiaries (CFLB) in Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) was conducted between 2012 and 2014 in the South-south Nigeria. Multi-stage, purposive and random sampling techniques were used to select two hundred and fifty (250) cassava farmers who had benefitted from either BOA or FBN loans in the past five (5) years (2009-2013). Time-series data was gathered using two sets of well-structured questionnaires from the CFLB and the banks officials. The results of data analysed showed that BOA granted the highest loan of N1,671,497,140.00 compared to FBN which granted only N891,500,000.00 to the cassava farmers during the period (2009-2013).The lending criteria adopted by the two banks were similar except the difference in their interest rates- (BOA charged 12%, FBN charged 21%). Further analysis showed that BOA had a better repayment rate than FBN. Major constraints to loan administration in the study area were non-repayment of loan by beneficiaries, delay in repayment of loans and diversion of agricultural loans to non-agricultural sector among others. It was concluded that high default rate limited agricultural loan administration in the study area. It was recommended that less burdensome administrative procedures in acquiring loan should be ensured as well as adequate monitoring and evaluation of potential beneficiaries so as to minimize default rate.
JOB RELATED STRESSORS AND INSTRUCTIONAL ROLE PERFORMANCE OF RADIO COMMUNICATION TEACHERS IN TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN SOUTH-SOUTH NIGERIA (Published)
This study examined the relationship between Job related stressors and instructional role performance of radio communication teachers in Technical Colleges in South-South Nigeria. To achieve this purpose three specific objectives, and three research hypotheses were raised. The population of the study consisted of 30 principals 74 vice principals and 104 Radio Communication teachers in all the 30 Technical Colleges in South-South Nigeria. All the subjects in the population were purposively used for the study. Data collection was done with the use of two instruments called “Job Related Stressors of Radio Communication Teachers Questionnaire (JRSRCTQ) “and Role Performance of Radio Communication Teachers Questionnaire (RPRCTQ)”. The Pearson-Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) statistic was used in testing of hypotheses at .05 alpha level. The instruments were validated by research experts in the faculty of Education University of Uyo. The instruments were subjected to Cron-bach alpha reliability estimate, the result of the analysis yielded a reliability coefficient of 0.85 for JRSRCTQ and 0.82 for RPRCTQ. Based on the findings of this study, it was concluded that the instructional role performance of radio communication teachers in technical colleges in South-South Nigeria was unsatisfactory. It was recommended that the Federal Ministry of Education should provide adequate instructional space in all Technical Colleges to facilitate effective learning and conducive working environment.