Non-Teaching Staff Perceptions of the New Pension Scheme and their Work Morale in Some South - South Nigerian Universities

By Usang Usang Bassey, Basil Azubuike Akuegwu and Alex Egbona Egbona.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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A new pension scheme was introduced in Nigeria in 2004, where government and civil servants are to contribute towards pension equally, with a view to solving perennial pension problems borne by government alone. This ex post facto designed study investigated University non–teaching staff perception of this pension scheme and their work morale. Four hypotheses were isolated to execute this study. 500 non–teaching staff drawn from a population of 3856 using stratified random sampling technique constituted the sample. Data collection was carried out using New Pension Scheme Perception and Non–teaching Staff Morale Questionnaire (NPSPNSMQ). Data analyses were effected using population t – test of single mean, independent t – test and linear regression analyses. Results indicated that university non – teaching staff perceive the new pension scheme favourably. Type of university significantly influence non – teaching staff perception of pension administration, pension reimbursement procedures, pension investment opportunities and pension information management, but no significant influence on perception of personal planning towards pension; federal university non – teaching staff perceived the new pension scheme more than their state university counterparts and as such, had higher morale. University non – teaching staff gender significantly influence their perception of pension reimbursement procedures, pension investment opportunities, pension information management and personal planning towards pension, but no significant influence of their perception on pension administration; male non – teaching staff significantly perceive the new pension scheme higher than their female counterparts, and as such exhibited higher morale. University non – teaching staff perception of pension administration, pension reimbursement procedures, pension investment opportunities, pension information management and personal planning towards pension are significant predictors of their morale. It is hoped that the new pension scheme should be sustained, made more relevant and acceptable by amending grey areas.

Keywords: University, Non-teaching, Staff, Perception, New Pension Scheme, Work Morale, South-South Zone, Nigeria

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.31-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 589.946KB).

Dr. Usang Usang Bassey

H.O.D, Department of Educational Administration & Planning, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria

A senior lecturer and Head of Department of Educational Administration & planning. An authorn of books and articles. Memeber of NAEAP, WCCI. Won two awards from National Universities Commission, VIHEP(2004)

Dr. Basil Azubuike Akuegwu

Lecturer, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria

A lecturer in the above department. An author of books and articles. Member of NAEAP, WCCI.

Alex Egbona Egbona

Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff's Office Calabar, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria

A holder of Masters Degree in Educational Management. A writer of articles.A member of NAEAP.

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