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Poverty Reduction Programme in Nigeria: An Assessment of its Implementation in Enugu State

Dilichukwu A. Omemma, Chukwuemeka Okafor
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 2, No 1 | a44 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v2i1.44 | © 2014 Dilichukwu A. Omemma, Chukwuemeka Okafor | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 November 2016 | Published: 01 March 2014

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Dilichukwu A. Omemma, Caritas University, Nigeria
Chukwuemeka Okafor, University of Fort Hare, South Africa

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The study has as its main thrust the evaluation of the implementation of the national poverty reduction programme in Enugu State of Nigeria. Using cross-sectional and exploratory methods of data collection and analysis, the study discovered that, compared to most states in other parts of the country, Enugu State has a low poverty profile owing to the relative positive impact of the implementation of poverty alleviation programme. Nevertheless, policy inconsistency and mismanagement deny the programme from becoming a total success; hence the existence of a larger number of citizens that are in absolute poverty. It is therefore suggested that the way out of the ineffective poverty reduction programme in Enugu State is the effective monitoring mechanism and the creation of an enabling environment for wealth creation and employment generation.


Poverty Alleviation; Poverty; Mismanagement; Programme; Implementation; Nigeria


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