Sustainability of Amnesty Entrepreneur Development Programme: Temporal Salvation for Poverty Reduction in the Niger Delta
AbstractAs the Nigerian government on January 13th, 2018 has started warning of her intention to end the Presidential Amnesty programme, this study sees it as a time bomb ready to explode. However, this study seeks to unravel the relevance of sustaining the amnesty entrepreneurial development programme introduced by the Nigerian state in 2009 as a silver bullet in reducing poverty in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Questionnaires were used to elucidate data from 855 respondents (171 each from the 5 selected states in the Niger Delta region). Analysis revealed that though the amnesty policy was introduced top-down leading to inundation of criticism, but empirical evidence from the field work revealed that the grassroots have felt the positive impacts, hence, the need to sustain the Amnesty programme. Therefore, the study recommends for the sustenance of the programme as a temporal alternative measure to address underdevelopment and poverty which are among the root causes of the agitation in the region.
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