Small scale industries and Poverty Reduction in Ilorin West Local Government Area, Kwara State, Nigeria

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Department of Business Administration, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, Nigeria


Poverty has no geographical boundary. It is seen in the North, South, East and West. It is found in rural as well as urban areas of Nigeria. Overpopulation as a result of urbanization has been seen as one of the causes of poverty. Poverty is prevalent in urban areas and affects the urban people more than the rural people. Through the establishment of cottage and small scale enterprises, more employment will be created thereby promoting the utilization of local raw materials and encouraging diversification of our mono-cultural economy- This article examines the effects of small scale industries on poverty reduction in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State, Nigeria. Ilorin West is one of the three Local Government situated in the state capital. Primary and secondary sources of data were employed. One hundred and twenty (120) respondents were randomly sampled with copies of structured questionnaire. Descriptive and Inferential statistical tools were used to analyze the data. The result reveals that small scale businesses have benefitted the people and has been able to achieve alleviation of poverty to a certain effect. It therefore concludes that the co-operation and participation of all stakeholders particularly the local communities and effective policy framework are vital if small-scale businesses are to be used very well as successful instruments and sustainable poverty alleviation management tool in the country.



Industries, Socio-economic, Development, Small-scale, Spatial Structure, Urban Poor