Organising Commercial Activities in Institutions of Higher Learning in Nigeria: Research, Design and Development of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Permanent Business Premises, Enugu
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- September 3, 2018
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Management of Institutions of Higher Learning in Nigeria have been and currently, is passing through many challenges of which, funding is of significant proportion. In most of the campuses, provision of vital services such as catering and academic support services have all collapsed. These service failure paved way for unregulated caterers (Buka), writing and pirated written materials to spring up in inconceivable places in most of the campuses providing all manner of services. This development attracted the concern of the ESUT authority to empower a committee to organise the commercial activities operating in ESUT campus in order to protect its environment. The objectives include: 1. to determine the number of commercial activities operating in ESUT, 2. to prioritise the commercial activities required in the campus and 3. To design a permanent business premises for ESUT. In doing so, a survey was carried on 300 final year students, 50 students each, drawn from the six faculties of ESUT. Data was obtained using purposive sampling to determine the number of the commercial activities operating within the campus and the number required. The Results showed that out of the 224 small and petty businesses operators identified within the ESUT environment, only 138 were able and willing to submit to registration and regulation. The study also revealed that categorisation of business typology into activity group assemblages, can play vital role in their space scheduling. The study concluded that Research and development of possible alternative avenues of attracting funds for self-help project delivery, is important and vital for any institution’s sustenance.
Keywords: ESUT Business Premises; Commercial Activities; Institutions of Higher Learning; Academic Support Service
Isiofia, Lawrence Adizue