Table of Contents

Title page                                                                 i

Approval page                                                          ii

Dedication                                                               iii

Acknowledgement                                                    iv

Table of content                                                       vii

Abstract                                                                   ix

CHAPTER 1         

Introduction                                                     1

1.1 Background of the study         2

1.2 Statement of the problem         5

1.3   Purpose  of the study                                       7

1.4   Significant of the study                                    8

1.5   Research question                                           8

1.6   Scope/ Delimitation of the study                     9

CHAPTER 2                

2.0   Related literature review                                10

2.1   Summary of the literature review                  17


3.0   Research methodology                                     20

3.1   Design of the study                                          20

3.2   Area of the study                                              21

3.3   Population of the study                                    21

3.4   Sample of the study                                                 21

3.5   Instrument for data collection                          24

3.6   Validation of the instrument                            25

3.7   Distribution and retrieval of the instrument    25

3.8   Method of data analysis                                   26


4.0    Data presentation and analysis                      27

CHAPTER 5           

5.0   Summary, conclusion and recommendation   42

5.1   Summary of  findings                                      42

5.2   Conclusion                                                      43

5.3   Recommendation                                             45

5.4   Limitation of the study                                     46

5.5   Suggestion for further study                            46

References                                                       48

Appendix A                                                     49

Appendix B                                                      50





Human resources is a key component of production in economics world. Thus, the shortage in human resource leads to poor delivery and so many other factors. Human resources shortages requires effectives human resource management. Findings from research about ongoing shortage in human resources in government establishment are used to build a preliminary theory of problems and solutions as a appropriate Human Resources Management responses. The research revealed that the best human resource management practices are to attract, motivate, and retain human assets. The key factors responsible for the shortage of human resources as revealed by the research included: withdrawal by death, and through retirements etc. while the ministry of finance and Economic Planning Enugu State human resource shortage leads to drop in the level of productivity, decline inefficiency and delay in the rate of work etc. In conclusion, the research also revealed that productivity is often affected adversely by the shortage of human resources and works are usually delayed so much. Recommendations were made based on the findings and conclusions thus. The government should employ enough and qualified man-power to fill the important vacant positions existing in the civil service. Government should equally minimize the voluntary withdrawal from service by the employee. This can be done by providing good remuneration and enticing working incentives from time to time to make them happy.



       Shortage of human resources have been the bane of most establishment. Human resource capacity – a measure to ensure that organization has a sufficient number of qualified people in the right place at the right time to achieve its objectives. A shortage of human resources in government has a direct impact on an organization’s ability to deliver programs and services and perform certain tasks. The study of finance and economic planning Enugu state is to measure the human resource shortage as regard the occupied positions expressed as a percentage of total full-time positions. Hence, the question presented and being asked as a look at the information collected to answer them are:

  • What are the workforce of the establishment?
  • How many people, with what qualifications, are needed to get the work done?
  • Where and to what extent does a gap exist?
  • How do certain factors prevent the department from getting the workforce they need to deliver their programs and services?

Many persons with particular reference to the elite will be wondering why there is shortage of human resources supply.  A research in the area of this shortage of human resources supply will sound like asking an obvious question. To give the answer to the obvious question above I will start by emphasizing on the important of human resource in every economy.  Human resources is described as a combination of all individual engaged in any of the organisation activities regardless of their levels, Wental French (2007).

From the above definition of human resources means men and women working for an organisation do belong or do not belong to the human resources.  For instance in ministries it ranges from commissioners to messengers.    Ministry of finance and economic planning which started during the creation of the eastern region, has the primary function of revenue generation through the board of internal revenue, treasury keeping the releasing of funds for the running of day to day business of the government.  This ministry is experiencing shortage of human resources.  The research (study) revealed that some of the cause of the shortage includes that the state government stopped employing man power since 1994, without having in mind that even those employed left the service through retirement, voluntary withdraw due to the fact that the salary is not encouraging, state creation, death etc. However, for any organisation to achieve some of it aim, must ensure not only supply of human resource but also ensuring that they are adequately. Because the activities in the organisation from beginning to the end stage is the duty of the human resources. The goal of any organisation can not be achieve only by providing or ensuring adequate supply of human resources. On this Harish Jain C (2008), opined that people will be motivated to perform their jobs effectively to the extent of which they are satisfied doing the jobs.  The more workers are rewarded, the more hard they work. Another problem that brings shortage of human resources is revenue, in addition to retirement (voluntary or not) withdrawals (revenue based), death, cum lack of inability of government to recruit since 1985 brought about shortage in human resources, in Enugu State ministry of finance and planning.

Finally, this research is therefore on towards finding the cause and the effects of the shortage and the solutions to the problems.



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