The Policy of Privatization and Commercialization of Public Enterprises in Nigeria: an Appraisal of Telecommunication

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THE POLICY OF PRIVATIZATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES IN NIGERIA: AN APPRAISAL OF TELECOMMUNICATION

OKWOR FESTUS A.

PS/2006/123

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE,
CARITAS UNIVERSITY, AMORJI-NIKE, ENUGU.

AUGUST 2010.
Approval Page
This project is written in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree and has been approved by the Political Science Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, Caritas University, Amorji-Nike, Enugu.

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Dr. Omenma, D.A Date
Head of Department

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Dr. Onwo, D.O Date
Supervisor

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External Examiner Date
Dedication
The project work is dedicated to God Almighty for His infinite mercy towards my academics.
Also, to my beloved mother and brother, Mrs. Florence and Rev. Fr. Daniel Okwor respectively, for their love, care, understanding and support, may good lord continue to bless both. Acknowledgement

I wish to acknowledge all the help given to me towards the successful completion of this project.
My special gratitude goes to my project supervisor Dr. Onwo, D.O who has been impacting knowledge and inspired me into writing this project.
With utmost respect I extend my special regards to Mr. Agu F.C., Mr. Duhu J.O., Mr. Ugwu I.C., Mr. Agbo H.N, Mr. Nwankwo J. and Dr. Omenma D.A, my H.O.D. for their extremely useful efforts in the political science department.

I am also, thankful to my brothers and sisters especially Rev. Fr Dan. Okwor for their morals and financial supports. My special thanks goes to Mr/Mrs Cajatan Ani and my in-laws especially Patrick Offor who stood firmly with my family.

I want to appreciate the support I received from my students both present and past and all my friends. They have been a source of inspiration to me. My sincere thanks go to my typist Mmuo Ogechukwu for taking pains to typeset this work. I ask for God’s abundant favour and blessing to you all. Abstract

It is because of social issues like economic inequalities, unemployment that made the state to interfere in economy of Nigeria. Government chose public sector as a means or medium for economic and social development due to poor managerial skill, weak technological base etc, this enhanced the zeal to establish various enterprise institutions in Nigeria. Then, due to inadequate capital and lack of finance, public enterprises in Nigeria are confronted with many problems by the employees, managers and political interference in affairs of public enterprises. The project title is the policy of privatization and commercialization of public enterprises in Nigeria: An appraisal of telecommunication. The problems are; is political interference and mismanagement of resources responsible for the poor performance of public enterprises in Nigeria? Could policy of privatization and commercialization enhance the efficiency of public enterprises? Structural-functional theory is used as suitable framework of analysis for the policy of privatization and commercialization of public enterprises in Nigeria. The researcher reviewed some relevant textbooks, also used the secondly method of data collection. He found out that privatization is seen as means to harness economy or as measure to increase efficiency of the public sector or organization. Also, the privatization and commercialization has improved the potential, the efficiency and service delivery in Nigeria by making telecommunication easily accessible and affordable. These are the recommendations; as the privatization is in the hands of few individuals government should ensure that before granting the license or opportunity, they should examine and select the competent people who will handle private enterprises and not people of questionable character. The only thing left is for government to hands – off...
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