Small Scale Enterprises, Poverty Alleviation and Job Creation in Nigeria: Lessons from Burnt Bricklayers in Benue State

Jonathan Emenike Ogbuabor, Victor A. Malaolu, Tuluma Iorwuese Elias


This empirical study examined the efficacy of tackling the twin economic challenges of poverty and unemployment in Nigeria through the small scale enterprise commonly known as burnt bricklaying. The study also examined the socio-economic characteristics of the bricklayers as well as the major challenges militating against their growth and performance. The results indicate that burnt bricklaying has significant positive impact on poverty alleviation, job creation, and income generation in Nigeria. The study therefore recommends that the challenges of poor infrastructure, low prices of bricks, low demand for bricks, and low operating capital faced by these small scale enterprises should be addressed by the various tiers of government and the financial system as a viable means of job creation, poverty alleviation and income generation in Nigeria.

Keywords: Small Scale Enterprises; Poverty Alleviation; Job Creation; Unemployment; Bricklaying

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