YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACTIVITIES IN NORTH-WESTERN NIGERIA
Muhammad Ndas Ndaeji Ph.D, Amina Ahman Ph.D, Moshood Olayinka Akinsanya
This paper seeks to examine socio-economic benefits of participation in entrepreneurship activities among youth in North-western of Nigeria. Youth empowerment through entrepreneurship activities which is the focus of this paper is a mechanism through which Nigerian youths are able to increase self-reliance in order to promote their well-being as it is believe that entrepreneurial development is a field that saddles its recipients with employable skills. A sample of 282 youths involved in the entrepreneurship activities from the study area were selected from a study population of 800, through sample random from the seven states of North-West of Nigeria and a schedule was designed and administered among the respondents. The results revealed that learning new skills and material status have significant impact on youth who participate in entrepreneurship activities. Most of the respondents have either primary or secondary school education which directly informed their participation in the programmes. The study finds out that there is high rate of involvement of youth in entrepreneurship activities in the study area, hence most of the respondents emphasized positive changes in their socio-economic well-being. The paper therefore concludes that youth involvement in entrepreneurship activities is a mechanism for youth empowerment and poverty alleviation in Nigeria. Its also concludes that entrepreneurial development is a field that saddles on how to be employable and to be useful to themselves and the society.
Keywords: Empowerment, Participation, Entrepreneurship, Socio-economic.
Journal Name :
EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR)
Published on : 2022-04-13