THE ROLE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS IN COMBATING CULTISM IN THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTIONS WITH REFERENCE TO OSUN STATE POLYTECHNIC
1.2 STATEMENT OF RESEARCH PROBLEM
The basic conditions for sustained academic culture have been eroded in Osun State Polytechnic, Iree. The institution has fallen into disrepute and the products of the institution are no more what they used to be. Cult activities are seriously affecting all academic activities.
Sometimes students are attracted in hostels, classrooms, bus tops etc. daylight and gang raping becomes the order of the day; killing of students by members of cult is no longer news, therefore the need to eradicate this problem in many higher institutions especially Osun State Polytechnic, Iree which is our case study through public relations communication becomes imperative.
Public relation as problems solving communication is expected to create the necessary enlightenment of the students of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree and awaken then to what is needed of them in an academic community like Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, especially now that various levels of government and the general over hand of all Nigerian tertiary institutions. During the ministerial nominee on June 22, 1999, in the senate floor; some of the screening questions bordered on the economy, education, and general decay in the educational system and cultism.
- OBJECTIVES OF STUDY.
The aim of this study include the following:
To find out the extent of non-information on cultism and its damagers to Osun State Polytechnic, Iree students.
- SIGINIFICANCE OF STUDY.
To ascertain the extent of adequacy of actualization and encouragement of the students to support the crusade against cultism.
To examine the adequacy of policies and programmes of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree management on cultism to the students.
To find out if there were laws that will help student resist joining of secret cults.
The relevance of this study cannot be over emphasized in that the research will help to excavate the evolution and the remote causes of this problem and proffer and enduring solutions to it in Osun State Polytechnic, Iree in particular and the whole nation at large.
This study is also significant because it will awaken the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree management and other educational institutions of the importance of public relations as an effective and wonderful tool for solving any institutional problems if whatever ramifications.
The study is equally significant because it will make one know the modus operandi of those secret cults nation wide. Also their names and headquarters are equally coverer by this study. The study is significant because it will show when public and private organizations acknowledged the importance of Public Relations in business.
Finally, it will clear areas people so have misconceptions about public relations and also touch and highlight what public relations is not.
- RESEARCH QUESTION.
To guide this study four – research question was formulated as listed below:
To what extent has non-information on cultism damage Osun State Polytechnic, Iree students?
To what extent are the motivation and encouragement of the students on cultism adequate to support the crusade against it?
To what extent are the policies and programmes of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree managing cultism adequately?
What laws of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree prevent the students from joining secret cult?
1.6 LIMITATION OF STUDY
Although this study has accomplished the purpose, which is set out to achieve, one of the very limitations is that the validity of the results or findings is depending on the honest of the respondents in providing the needed information
Done to constraints of time and money, it is difficult to carry out the research extensively. This led to the limiting of the scope.
Cognizance was also taken to the fact that the academic calendar was too short and academic workload was enormous, as a result of this, no time to run around for the work.