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Type Journal Article - Scientific Papers Series-Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and Rural Development
Title Households’ perceived causes of poverty in southwest Nigeria
Volume 16
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 19-24
URL http://managementjournal.usamv.ro/pdf/vol.16_1/Art2.pdf
The Southwest geo-political zone of Nigeria is a blend of both educational advancement and abundant natural
resource endowment. The region is rich in petroleum, bitumen, agricultural and forest resources. Despite the
revenues from oil and other resources, poverty is very common among the citizens. The study was conducted to
evaluate households’ perception of the causes of poverty in southwest Nigeria. The study made use of a multi-stage
sampling technique to select two hundred and forty (240) respondents, who were household heads across two (2)
southwest States of Ekiti and Ondo. Data for the study were collected with the aid of well-structured questionnaires
administered on the household heads. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics. The analysis of
households’ perception of the causes of poverty in southwest Nigeria indicated that corruption, weak institutions
and poor governance was perceived “very high” cause of poverty in the study area with 51% of responses.

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