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Discrimination in Welfare Distribution between Academic and Non- Academic Staff of selected Nigerian Universities: A Qualitative Perspective

Udume, Mercy and Amoo, Emmanuel O. and ADEBAYO, OLUFUNKE PATRICIA and Odewale, Bosede J. and Adesina, E. A and Owoeye, Michael O. and Allo, T. and Oloore, Amos (2023) Discrimination in Welfare Distribution between Academic and Non- Academic Staff of selected Nigerian Universities: A Qualitative Perspective. Innovations, 72. pp. 999-1010.

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Background: The study considered the unequal access to healthcare, housing and decent office space among academic and non-academic staff of Nigeria four universities (public and private) and how these have impacted on staff’s work output. Objective: It examined the intra-and-inter universities divergences in staff welfare provisions using three basic indices of welfare, namely: healthcare, housing accommodation and decent office provisions. Methods: The study used semi-structured in-depth interviews among 12 academics (6 seniors, 6 juniors) and 14 non-academics (8 senior and 6 junior) in two public and two private universities selected out of the list of universities within the Lagos and Ogun States. The qualitative data obtained were analysed following systematic-content analysis pattern and presented in adherence to RATS guidelines. The result shows that the abdication of welfare-provision responsibility in the public universities with unhealthy consequences paved way for private ownership and has not been totally benign. The finding revealed that there is high priority for academics in the allocation of welfare facilities especially housing accommodation and offices compared to non-academics in both private and public universities. It shows that the cost of medical bills in private universities are high, unaffordable to workers and are not overwhelmingly. Recommendation: The authors suggest that the implications for discrimination in welfare distribution between academic and non-academic could breed unhealthy working rivalry, and eventual substandard research activities with negative consequences on the quality of the graduates.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1.Welfare, 2.public and private university,, 4.housing, 5.descent office
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2023 13:51
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2023 13:51

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