ASSESSMENT OF PROVISION AND MANAGEMENT OF STUDENTS HEALTH AND GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES IN FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES OF NORTHWEST GEOGRAPHICAL ZONE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Assessment, Provision, Management
This study examined the assessment of Provision and Management of students’ health and guidance and counselling Services in Federal Universities in North West Geographical Zone Nigeria. The study identified two objectives, which include among others to: determine the assessment of provision and management of health services in Federal universities of northwest zone, find out the assessment of provision and management of guidance and counselling services in federal universities of northwest zone. Two research questions were raised. Two null hypotheses were formulated and tested. The study used descriptive survey design. The population involved 42 management staff, 6447 teaching staff, 12344 non-teaching staff and 287 students from representative councils in the seven Federal Universities in the zone which gave a sum total of 19127. Research advisors (2006) was used to determine the sample size required for the study which stood at 557 namely, management staff 28, teaching staff 129, non-teaching staff 248 and 152 students. The instrument used for data collection was a Likert-five-point questionnaire adapted from Maina (2016). Which is tagged Questionnaire on opinions of the provision and management of students’ health and guidance counselling services in Federal Universities in Nigeria. The questionnaire was pilot tested. Using test re-tests method, it was subjected to Pearson product moment correlation test in order to determine the reliability coefficient of the study p<0.05. The reliability coefficient of 0.89 was obtained at 0.05 levels of significance. All the null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance, using ANOVA. Findings revealed that, Students’ health was fairly provided and managed, and that provision of facilities for guidance and counselling services in federal universities in Northwest Geographical Zone, Nigeria among others. From the findings, it was recommended that existing health facilities should be maintained and improved upon. However, Guidance and counselling services occupy important position in the lives of university students, as such, should be seen to be given adequate attention and accessibility in federal universities in Northwest Geographical Zone, Nigeria.