Impact of n-power programme on poverty alleviation among the youths in Taraba state: A case study of Jalingo local government area, Nigeria
ADI SS, Danji MB, Aminu S
The study was conducted on impact of N-power programme on poverty alleviation among youths in Taraba state “A case study of jalingo local government area”. The specific objective were to; describe the socio-economic characteristics of the beneficiaries, determine the impact of N- power programme on poverty alleviation among youths and identify the problems associated with N-power programme in the study Area. The study was targeted on three (3) component of N-power programme namely: N-Tech, N-Health and N-Agro respectively. Data were collected from 90 respondents randomly selected using structural questionnaire and the data were analysed using frequency, percentage and t-test analysis. The results on socio-economic characteristics of the respondents indicated that majority (95.6%) of the respondents were youths with age less than 50 years, who are the beneficiaries of this programme. Majority (66.7%) of the respondents were male, most (77.8%) of the respondents were married due to the impact of this programme. Majority (94.4%) of the respondents attained higher education which enable them to be beneficiaries of the programme. Majority (97.8%) of the respondents had household size less than 11 persons. Therefore, they have to work hard to sustained their selves and family. Most of the respondents were doing one job or the other. Majority (80%) of the respondents earned between N30000-40000 has their monthly income, with this their standard of living have been improved compared to when they were jobless earning nothing at the end of the month. The result on t-test analysis revealed that the N-power programme have alleviated poverty among the youths in the study Area. This was based on the t-calculated value (4.53) was greater than the t-tabulated value (3.18). This also implies that N-power programme have positively impacted the lives of the beneficiaries in terms of their income, assets, and access to job / skills acquisition. This indicated that with N-power programme their income have been increased, some were able to acquired assets such as tricycle, motorcycle, land, build houses etc. And have access to job/skills acquisition such as teaching, extension service, health service, computer operators, shoe markers, among others. Recommendations were made based on the findings of this study: Government should prepared a workable exit policy from the beginning of the programme and Government should also ensure that their monthly stipend were paid in due time.