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Usefulness and expectations on skills development and entrepreneurship among women of low socioeconomic status in Ogun State, Nigeria

George, T. O. and Oladosu, Muyiwa and Oyesomi, Kehinde Opeyemi and Orbih, M. U. and NWOKEOMA, NWANNE M. and Iruonagbe, C. T. and Ajayi, Lady A. and Lawal-Solarin, Esther.O (2021) Usefulness and expectations on skills development and entrepreneurship among women of low socioeconomic status in Ogun State, Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health November, 25 (5). pp. 171-181.

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The acquisition of vocational training skills and entrepreneurial know-how is acknowledged as an added advantage and a safety net to navigate poverty, especially in dwindling economic recession time and massive unemployment. This study examined the factors influencing the usefulness and perceived realization of skills development/empowerment to encourage more women's involvement in small scale businesses and promote its effect on poverty alleviation in households across Nigeria. Data collection involved a structured questionnaire and in-depth interviews conducted post-the vocational skill/empowerment training. The training was organized among Campus Keepers in a private university in Ogun State, Nigeria. Forty Campus Keepers were selected using the systematic sampling technique from a total population of 224, and 37 of the 40 selected voluntarily participated in this study. The Campus Keepers were women with low socioeconomic status who worked as cleaners on the university campus. Five of the Campus Keepers were purposively selected as key informants for the study. Results showed that respondents who had earlier knowledge and vocational skills training reported that it leads to self-employment. This view was higher for respondents who had more people in their household than those with fewer people (OR = 22.7 [CI= .56, 921.31]). The perception that the training can lead to additional income was lower for respondents who reported that either they or their spouses were sole breadwinners in their household than for those who reported that both/others/none were breadwinners (OR = .05 [CI=0, 1.2]). The odds that the skills development/empowerment training will result in perceived improved business was higher for respondents who gained more knowledge/information from the training than those who did not (OR=29.19 [CI = 1.1, 777.48]). Findings from the qualitative study suggest that key informants who participated in past training were yet to establish a profitable business of their dream fully. Governmental policy and program intervention that incorporates these findings will lead to increased participation of the target population in similar training in the future, leading to poverty alleviation towards achieving the SDGs for Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Skills development, women entrepreneurship, low socioeconomic status, expectations on skills, perceived realization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: AKINWUMI
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2023 09:24
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 09:24

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