Federal Allocation and its Utilization in the Science Laboratories University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria

Osagie, Roseline O.
July 2014
National Teacher Education Journal;Summer2014, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p5
Academic Journal
This study investigated the financial resources allocated to the University of Benin by the Federal Government and the utilization of such funds in the science laboratories between 1992/93 to 1996/97 academic sessions. The Dean and the Heads of the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany in the Faculty of Science responded to the questionnaire in the Financial Allocation and Utilization Instrument (FAUI) developed to collect appropriate data to answer the questions raised in the study. The research questions determined the application of the National University Commission (NUC) budget parameters in terms of students' enrolment, recurrent revenue allocated to the University of Benin and the disbursement of such funds to the science laboratories. The results of the study indicated that the Federal Government did not provide sufficient allocation to meet the university's financial requirements. Consequently, the science laboratories were grossly underfunded. This resulted in the lack of laboratory equipment, overcrowding of students during laboratory work, students worked under non-conducive laboratory environment.


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