Employees Motivation and Its Impact on Productivity in Lower Anambra Irrigation Project (Laip), Omor (2005-2010).


The objectives of the study focus on the impact of motivational factors employed in LAIP between 2005 to 2010 on employees productivity, as well as why motivation failed to improve employees productivity in LAIP.

The researcher formulated five hypotheses which were tested. The data for the study were generated from the copies of questionnaires administered to 108 respondents who constituted the sample size of this study.

However, the following findings were obtained from this study: the employees of LAIP were not properly motivated; they were not adequately paid; recruitment of employees in LAIP is not merit based;

LAIP lacks adequate and modern equipment and facilities as a result of government’s inability to fund LAIP sufficiently; employees are not happy because they are not promoted as at and when due.

Consequently, all these constitute a stumbling block to high productivity in the organization.

To ameliorate these problems, we recommended that the managers of LAIP should ensure that there are qualified and experienced personnel as well as adequate and modern equipment and facilities in LAIP.

Management should also ensure that the employees’ inputs balance with whatever they are being given as pay or reward to ensure equity in the organization, among others.


Background of Study

The problems menacing Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority’s Lower Anambra Irrigation Project (LAIP) are myriad.

They range from inadequate manpower, poor infrastructure, obsolete equipment, mismanagement, corruption, inadequate funding by government, ineffective planning, irregular staff development and training to inadequate and untimely payment of salaries, etc.

To some extent, one may say that these problems have led to employees of Lower Anambra Irrigation Project, Omor been unproductive, which have manifested in the organization not been able to meet up with the objectives with which it was established.

Again, these manifested in the neglection in fixing or repairing machines like tractors, pumps, milling machines, canals, drainage system, by the engineers.

Consequently, the abandonment of those machines, hence, the decay of some of them.

The organization can no longer provide water for farmers to farm in the dry season due to outright breakdown of canals. However, this has led to mono cropping instead of dual cropping per annum in the area.

This, in turn, led to under production of agricultural products like rice, yam, maize, okro, vegetables, etc.

The stoppage of dual cropping and subsequent drop in the revenue of agricultural products revenue affected some farmers as well as the entire society where Lower Anambra Irrigation Project is sited.


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