oa The Constitution - Elite and the political economy of infrastructural development of state universities in the Niger Delta



The infrastructural inferiority of Nigeria sthird generation universities (most of which are state owned) to either the first or second generation ones is easily recognisable. This study examines the existing state of poor infrastructural development In state-owned universities of the Niger Delta states of Bayelsa, Delta and Edo. The Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma; Delta State University, Abraka; and Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island are chosen as case studies, and by means of participant-observer approach and the method of unstructured interviews as well as the use of primary data (official documents) and secondary data (newspapers and magazines), the study reveals that political struggles among educated elite, military rule, corruption and weakness of civil society are the major causes of the poor and slow pace of development of state - owned universities in Nigeria. However, it concludes by a call for in-depth interrogation of the corruption problematic because regardless of the presence of corruption in the civilian administrations of the first republic, the administrations were still able to build landmark university infrastructures to their credit.


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