HUMAN RESOURCES AS A CATALYST FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA (A CASE STUDY OF ABUJA MUNICIPAL AREA COUNCIL)
This research work attempts to access the importance of human resources as a catalyst for economic growth development in Nigeria. In the first chapter, the researcher introduced topic and gave the importance of human resources in economic growth and development. This was followed by a detailed review of literature in which the importance of human resources in Economic development was discussed. The concept of human resources, human resources development and planning in Nigeria, how best to manage the human resources for economic growth and development, economic growth investment in human resources development, human resources Allocation and development in Nigeria, manpower problem, economic development in Nigeria and the enhancement and motivation of human resources in Nigeria. Data for the study was obtained by questionnaires which is the primary source of data. Findings from the sourced data showed that human resources have great importance in economic growth and development in Nigeria. Finally, it came to a conclusion that there is need to provide qualitative education and conducive environment for human resources development in Nigeria. Recommendation reveals that adequate attention and incentives should be accorded to human resources development in Nigeria.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Nigeria is a dynamic country that is blessed with abundant human and natural resources. The country has a publication of 140 million according to the 2006 census figures and high amongst the oil exporting countries.
Human resources is invariably the most important resources of Nigeria even when there are gigantic machines, sophisticated equipment and natural resources human resources still prevail. This therefore, calls for the need to adequately develop the human resources and then utilize human resources for the development of the Nigerian economy. The important of the human resource development in the Nigeria civil services as well as other organizations is unique and cannot be under=estimated. This is because; human resources is easily recognized as the most important of the resource requirement for the production of goods and services. It is the master key to the rapid industrialization and socio-economic growth.
1.2 STATEMENT OF RESEARCH PROBLEM
Human resource development problems in Nigeria appears to be on the increase. The unemployment phenomenon seems to be compounded with the absence and misplacement of human resource to capability of the public and private sectors of the economy to provide such opportunity for human resources at their disposal.
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
i) To study the importance of human resources for economic growth and development
ii) To study how best to manage the human resources for economic growth and development.
iii) To ascertain, evaluate and examine the extent to which increase in investment of human resources development could serve to economic growth and development.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
i What are the importance of human resources for economic growth and development?
ii. How best can the human resource be managed for economic growth and development?
iii. To what extent has the development of human resource contributed to the economic growth and development?
iv. What are the problems involved in the management of human resources for economic growth and development?
1.5 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The study is based on the importance of human resources as a catalyst for economic growth and development in Nigeria. The research will cover three main organisations. Abuja Municipal Area (AMAC), Berger Nigeria Plc and Ministry of Foreign Affair (MFA).
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The importance of these research work is premised on finding how human resources development in Nigeria can be adequately mobilized for the benefit of the economic growth. It is hoped that it will give importance to the need for increased and more genuine investment opportunities on human resources in Nigeria. Also enable the government and appropriate authorities to make adequate economic and educational provisions for enhancing the development of human resources.
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS
HUMAN RESOURCES: - These are skill, capacities possessed by an individual that permits to turn income
ECONOMIC GROWTH: - A long term rise in capacity to supply increasingly diverse economic goods to its population, this growing capacity is based on advancing technology and its institutional and ideological adjustment that it demands.
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