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ADDRESSING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY THROUGH SOCIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMME IN NIGERIA (A CASE STUDY OF NIGERIA’S SOCIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMME)

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ADDRESSING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY THROUGH SOCIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMME IN NIGERIA (A CASE STUDY OF NIGERIA’S SOCIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMME)

 

 

ABSTRACT

This study aims at evaluating the impact and effectiveness of Nigeria’s Social Investment Programme tagged N-Power, designed and targeted at addressing youth unemployment and poverty. The population of the study consists of beneficiaries of N-Power programme in the towns of Akute and Ajuwon in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

Recognizing that the problems of youth unemployment and poverty in Nigeria has become by far the most important social problems in Nigeria, this study takes a look at the impact of Nigeria’s Social Investment Programme tagged N-Power in addressing the scourge of youth unemployment and poverty in Nigeria, and the contributions made by N-Power programme to youth employment and poverty reduction on some beneficiaries of the programme.

 

This study considers theories such as unemployment, poverty, inclusive growth and social exclusion in explaining youth unemployment and poverty in Nigeria.

The research methodologies employed are qualitative and participatory approaches. 40 semi- structured questionnaires were administered on respondents in the towns of Akute and Ajuwon.

Similarly, two focus group discussions plenary were organized by the researcher in both towns.

 

The results of the research however revealed that the N-Power have recorded some successes in addressing the scourge of youth unemployment and poverty in the towns of Akute and Ajuwon in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. However, beneficiaries also made far-reaching recommendations and policy adjustments to the government on the programme.

Keywords: Youth, Unemployment, Poverty, Inclusive Growth, Social exclusion.