Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2018, Page: 1-5
Empowerment Strategies and Poverty Reduction in Bayelsa State: A Non-Parametric Approach
Peter Fiderikumo, Department of Banking and Finance, Bayelsa State College of Arts and Science, Bayelsa State, Nigeria
Samson Bredino, Economics Department, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Adedoyin Adesuji, Petroleum and Gas Engineering Department, University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Received: Dec. 22, 2017;       Accepted: Jan. 15, 2018;       Published: Mar. 21, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajere.20180301.11      View  1675      Downloads  191
Abstract
The incidence of poverty in Nigeria is rising despite a plethora of anti-poverty programmes and huge public expenditure. The objective of this study is to evaluate the extent and impact of three major empowerment strategies in the war against poverty namely social mobilization, skill development and capital formation in Bayelsa State. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey of Bayelsa State using structured and semi-structured questionnaire to collect primary data from 380 indigenous adult spread across 40 communities. The data was measured on the basis of the modified four points Likert scale and analysed using percentage and mean. The results depicted that social mobilization as a strategy is not used in reaching the poor. The implication is that to a great extent the impact of anti-poverty interventions do not get to the poor. The skill development programme although relevant and practical in approach has benefited only a limited number of people due mainly to hoarding of information, urban-biased, and nepotism. The participants are rarely supported with starter pack, tools, or finance. Procedure and requirement for obtaining business loan are tedious and fraught with nepotism. The empowerment programme has not resulted in capital formation and has not enhanced income of beneficiaries. It concluded that not sufficient resources are committed to these strategies. Therefore, increased use of the empowerment strategies will reduce poverty in Bayelsa State and Nigeria at large.
Keywords
Poverty, Empowerment, Social Mobilization, Skill Development, Capital Formation
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Peter Fiderikumo, Samson Bredino, Adedoyin Adesuji, Empowerment Strategies and Poverty Reduction in Bayelsa State: A Non-Parametric Approach, American Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.ajere.20180301.11
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