INFLUENCE OF GRADUATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP FUND (GEF) ON YOUTH ECONOMIC INCLUSION (A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED BOI BENEFICIARIES IN AWKA SOUTH L.G.A OF ANAMBRA STATE)


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TABLE OF CONTENTS 
Title Page
Abstract
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1. Background of the Study
1.2. Statement of the Problem
1.3. Research Question
1.3. Objective of the Study
1.5. Significance of the study
1.6. Scope of the study                    
CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1. Concept of Entrepreneurship
2.2. Concept of Small and medium Enterprise
2.3. The Concept of Youth Economic Inclusion
2.4. Entrepreneur in Nigeria
2.5. Historical Development of Small Scale Industries
2.6. Establishment of Bank of Industries (BOI)
2.7. The Roles and Importance of Small and Medium Enterprises in Economic Development
2.8. Financial support given to Small and Medium
       Enterprises in Nigeria
2.9. Challenges to the Entrepreneur in Nigeria
2.10. Empirical Review
CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLGOY AND DESIGN
3.1. Research Method
3.2. Area of Study
3.3. Population of the Study
3.4. Sampling Technique Sample Size Determination
3.5. Sources of Data
3.6. Description of Data Collection Instrument
3.7. Validity of the Instrument
3.8. Reliability of the Instrument
3.9. Method of Data Analysis
CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS
4.1. Socio-economic Characteristics of the respondents
4.1.1: Sex of respondents
4.1.2 Age of respondents
4.1.3 Marital Status
4.1.4 Education Qualification
4.1.5 Source of Capital
4.1.6 Successful Application of Bank Loan
4.1.7 Sources of Raw Material
4.2 Response of Respondents on the Services (Financial & Non-Financial) Rendered to Youths through GEF Progra
4.3 Effect of GEF Program on the Graduate Level of Income after Participation Youths through the GEF Program
4.4 Effort of GEF Program in Facilitating SMEs Development among Graduates
4.5 Challenges that Limits Graduate Participation in the GEF Program
4.6 Role of Agency towards the Development of SMEs
4.6.1  Test of Hypothesis
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, RECOMMENDATION, CONCLUSION AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
5.1. Summary of Findings
5.2. Conclusions
5.3. Recommendations
5.4. Limitations
References
Appendix




ABSTRACT
This research work was designed to determine the influence of graduate entrepreneurship fund (GEF) on youth economic inclusion. a case study of selected BOI beneficiaries in Awka L.G.A .   The objectives of the study includes to evaluate the services (financial & non-financial) rendered to the youths who are beneficiaries of GEF program, determine the effect of GEF program on graduate level of income after their participation in the GEF program, examine the efforts of GEF program in facilitating small scale enterprise among graduates, Identify challenges that limits graduates participation in the program. Descriptive survey research design was adopted using a simple random sampling to select one hundred respondents which structured questionnaire was administered. The data obtained were analyzed using simple percentage, mean and frequency tables. The study revealed that allocation of credit, provision of capital for small businesses and export promotion incentives are some of the services rendered to youths through the GEF program. Economic developments, conservation of foreign exchange, improved standard of living are the effort of GEF program in facilitating SMEs development among graduates. Lack of credit facilities, security issues, poor planning and poor state of country’s infrastructure are the challenges that limits graduate participation in the GEF program .Based on the findings,  it was recommended government should  encourage the growth of small business by giving them the necessary assistance as regards to fund raising and equally advise them on how to utilize it effectively and also ensure adequate provision of credit facilities through various financial institutions to aid entrepreneurship.



CHAPTER ONE
1.1      Background of the Study
The dynamic role of government agencies in the development of small and medium enterprises is an engine through which the growth and development objectives of developing nations can be achieved. These enterprises have a very important impact on the life of everybody in the society. The small independence businesses are everywhere and in every line of work; they can also be seen in every community. This business is as old as man. So virtually everything done in life involves the element of business small and medium enterprises constitute an importance in today’s business activities or system. Small and medium enterprise in our economic history however, has been one of the distribution and contribution (Akingunola, 2011).
        Basil (2005), stated that any effect towards the restructuring of the economy without particular emphasis on the development of small and medium scale business not likely to be successful in the long term. The fact that small and medium scale business determines the direction and the extent of development of the country’s economy make them very important organizations.....

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