POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN NIGERIA: A CASE OF NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAMME (NAPEP) IN BOMO VILLAGE OF SABON GARI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA KADUNA STATE 2004 – 2009.

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POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN NIGERIA: A CASE OF NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAMME (NAPEP) IN BOMO VILLAGE OF SABON GARI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA KADUNA STATE 2004 – 2009.

Abstract:

The work set out to assess poverty eradication and youth empowerment with special focus on Bomo village. The study was derived out of the pathetic condition in which Nigerians are faced with especially in the rural areas. Vast resources has been expended on rural development and agriculture and this expenditure profile continue to increase overtime, but the rural areas keep deteriorating and again huge amount has been expended on poverty alleviation program, OFN, DFFRI, FEAP, e.t.c. Why have all failed to reduce the biting effect of poverty? The hypothesis states that youth are unemployed and disempowered because of wrong policies or inconsistencies in government policies. The impact of Napep on youth unemployment and empowerment in Bomo village is low. Napep can still perform better not only in Bomo but in the country as a whole. It is possible that non of this assumptions may turn out to be correct. Data was collected through interviews and questionnaire on the staff and the inhabitants of Bomo village. The study found out that the programme is bedeviled by some problems which are militating against its‟ success. This includes poor and inadequate funding of the programme, irregular payment of beneficiaries, bureaucratic bottlenecks, poor monitoring of the programmes, high level of corruption, and lack of commitment on both the participants and the organizers of the programme. Most importantly, there are an insignificant number of trained personnel, consequently creating a very low impact. The loan given to them was not sufficient and did not come in good time. The duration of the training was too short to allow for professionalism as such most of them could not practice well. In addition to all these problems, the study found out that NAPEP has made very little impact in Bomo village insignificant to create a change. The study however recommends that the national poverty eradication programme should be properly funded and monitored, so that many would have access to loan; The training should take long enough to allow for expertise; Government should involve the poor who are the stakeholders in the planning and the implementation stages of the programme; More so, government should involve and ensure the participation of non-governmental organizations, the private sector, local and international agencies and the community at large, by creating an enabling and conducive environment for them to participate in poverty eradication efforts of the government. The provision of basic social infrastructure should be ensured. Then finally, government should ensure programme continuity among others.

POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN NIGERIA: A CASE OF NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAMME (NAPEP) IN BOMO VILLAGE OF SABON GARI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA KADUNA STATE 2004 – 2009.

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