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In Search of Development: Human Capital, Entrepreneurship, Politics & Leadership in Nigeria

In Search of Development: Human Capital, Entrepreneurship, Politics & Leadership in Nigeria

$55.95

By Chikwendu Christian Ukaegbu

This book observes that while human and natural resources abound in Nigeria, the search for national development which started at independence in 1960 continues without a clear path to a desirable destination. Therefore, if the long search for national development is to bear fruit, current and future efforts should seriously focus on matters of leadership and constraints posed by the geo-ethno-political structure of the country.

This book is a powerful contribution to the development discourse. It addresses old questions of African development with insights that should inform new development paths—Prof Chima J. Korieh, Department of History/International Studies, University of Nigeria and Director, Africana Studies, Marquette University

CHIKWENDU CHRISTIAN UKAEGBU is a Professor of Sociology & Global Development. He is currently an adjunct faculty at the University of Wyoming and Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

$55.95 ISBN: 978-1-938598-35-7

CONTENTS

List of Tables and Figures xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgements xx

Chapter 1: Introduction: In Search of Development: Theories and Concepts 1

PART I: UTILIZATION OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL HUMAN CAPITAL: NIGERIA AND BIAFRA

Chapter 2: Are Nigerian Scientists and Engineers Effectively Utilized? 19

Chapter 3: Educational Experiences of Nigerian Scientists and Engineers 40

Chapter 4: The Human Factor in National Development: Reflections on Population & Development in Nigeria 54

Chapter 5: Job Satisfaction and Skill Utilization in Research Institutes 67

Chapter 6: The Structure of Nigerian Industries and Utilization of Scientific and Technological Manpower 81

Chapter 7: Structural Adjustment and Manpower Utilization: The Case of Nigerian Scientists and Engineers 100

Chapter 8: The Constraining Factors that Undermine Technological Development: The Nigerian Experience 116

Chapter 9: The Human Factor and the Dilemma of Nigerian Development: A Structural Analysis 138

Chapter 10: Lessons from Biafra: The Structuration of Socially-Relevant Science in the Research and Production Directorate 161

Chapter 11: War and the Making of an Organic Scientific and Technological Intelligentsia: The Case of Biafran Scientists in the Nigeria-Biafra War 192

PART II: ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ORGANIZATION, AND MANAGEMENT

Chapter 12: Managers and Their Entrepreneurs: Power and Authority in Indigenous Private Firms in Nigeria 212

Chapter 13: Working Conditions and Employee Commitment in Indigenous Private Manufacturing Firms in Nigeria: Managing Business Organizations for Industrial Development 232

Chapter 14: Entrepreneurial Succession and Post-Founder Durability: A Study of Indigenous Private Manufacturing Firms in Igbo States of Nigeria 257

Chapter 15: Business Environment and Entrepreneurial Activity in Nigeria: Implications for Industrial Development 278

Chapter 16: Work Content in the Nigerian Civil Service 309

Chapter 17: Administrative Behavior in Nigeria: A Comparison of Private and Public Bureaucracies in Nigeria 321

PART III: RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 18: Conflict and Consensus in Rural Development: The Neglected Dimension 339

Chapter 19: Mass Farming and Household Food Security in Nsukka Urban of Nigeria: A Reaction to National Economic Instability 351

PART IV: ETHNICITY, POLITICS AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

Chapter 20: Political Leadership and Durability of Civilian Democracy in Nigeria’s Third Republic 366

Chapter 21: Ethnicity and Electoral Politics in Nigeria: Voter Behavior at the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election 372

Chapter 22: Federalism and Political Expression in Nigeria: Ethnoregional Responses to the annulment of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election 403

PART V: ON LEADERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA AND AFRICA

Chapter 23: Indiscipline in Nigeria: Causes, Patterns, Interventions and Implications for National Development 432

Chapter 24: Leadership Fatalism and Underdevelopment in Nigeria: Imaginative Policy-Making for Human Development 442

Chapter 25: Development Lag and the Imperative of Transformational Leadership in Africa 466

Chapter 26: Leadership and African Agency for Development in Post-Fifty Africa 493

PART VI: CONCLUSION: THE STATUS OF DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA AND WAY FORWARD

Chapter 27: Human Capital and the Human Condition in Nigeria 521

Chapter 28: Optimism v. Pessimism: Which Way Nigeria 547

Chapter 29: Area Studies and the Disciplines: A Voice to the Debate on African Studies, Theory, and Methodology 561

PART VII: COGITATIONS ON NIGERIAN DEVELOPMENT: PERSONAL EXPRESSIONS IN NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS

1. Aluko and the $12 Billion Debt Forgiveness for Nigeria 576

2. Nigeria: Beyond Good Governance at Fifty 579

3. National Development in Post-50 Nigeria 583

4. Imaginative Policymaking for National Development 588

5. Industry for Gainful Employment in Post-50 Nigeria 591

6. What Next for Nigeria’s Development 595

7. Imperative of a Developmental State in Post-50 Nigeria 598

8. Merit, Corruption, Social Capital and Development in Post-50 Nigeria 601

9. Dilemma of Education in Nigeria 604

10. Memo to The National Conference 2014 607

11. Oil and Nigeria’s Missed Opportunities 610

Appendix 618

Index 637

 

 

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