Ethics and leadership in nigerian universities

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A Study of Staff-Student Relationship at the University of Lagos

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Ethics and Leadership in Nigerian Universities: A Study of Staff-Student Relationship at the University ofLagosDr. Osita AgbuE-mail: ossele@hotmail.comAbstractThis article examines the problem of ethics and leadership in Nigerian Universities from the perspectiveof inter-personal relationships between staff and students, and the implications for attaining the goalsof the Universities and the wider society. In a broad introduction, it laments the crisis of state andsociety in Nigeria, while locating and explicating ethics and leadership as crucial elements of a university.The findings from the study at the University of Lagos indicate that it is possible even in the midst of thesocial vices pervading the institution for principled lecturers to positively influence their students in thecourse of their interaction. The article argues that this will ultimately have a positive impact on thewider society. It therefore calls for greater emphasis at upholding ethical conduct at all levels ofUniversity administration.IntroductionNigeria is a society bedevilled by all kinds of social vices in spite of the numerous social institutions putin place by the government to check vices and unethical conduct in the society. The country has beenundergoing a monumental crisis of state and society beginning from the 1970s (Agbu, 1995). Aworrisome dimension to this development is the rather silent attitude by many at addressing thisproblem which portends a grave danger not

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