The Response of Nigerian Pharmacists to Poor Salaries in Nigerian Universities

W O Erhun, O O Babalola


This paper describes different ways by which lecturers in schools of Pharmacy cope with low salaries in Nigeria. It is based on a semi-structured interview of 48 lecturers working in Schools of Pharmacy in Nigeria. This representative sample of lecturers yielded reports on about 18 different types of individual coping strategies. Most of these have a potential effect on teaching and research through availability of staff. Activities related to teaching and research and other businesses outside teaching and research were mentioned most often. Allowances and per diems seem to be most favoured top regarding frequency and effectiveness followed by secondary jobs, private practice and subsistence agricultural practice. A few of the lecturers however admitted using public resources for private purposes. Individual coping strategies may lead to undesirable side effects for the learning process and delivery through a net transfer of resources (qualified personnel time and material resources) from the public to private sector


Pharmacists; Universities; Poor salaries; Nigeria

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