Donatus E. Okon and Henshaw O. Thompson
Department of Sociology/Anthropology,
University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
This study investigated the issues and challenges surrounding the implementation of N-power programme in Akwa Ibom State. Three (3) research questions were formulated to guide the study. The research design adopted for the study was mainly survey. The data used in making analysis were collected through questionnaires. Respondents were also selected through a multi-stage sampling procedure. A total of twelve thousand, two hundred and seventy-eight (12,278) respondents formed the population of the study, out of which four hundred (400) respondents were selected as the sample, through the use of Taro Yamane formula. Out of four hundred (400) copies of the questionnaire that were printed and distributed, only three hundred and thirty-three (333) were properly filled and returned and final analysis was based on this figure. Analysis was carried out using frequency counts and percentages. Based on the analysis made, the research discovered that participation of people in the activities of N-power is high because the programme has not been politicized – the selection process is free, fair and based on merit, and the programme is really targeted at the poor. Also, it was discovered that inadequate incentive, lack of consideration of beneficiaries in decision making processes, high cost of transportation, temporary nature of the programme and delay in payment of stipends are among the major constraints encountered by the beneficiaries of N-power programme. It was recommended, among other things, that the administrators of N-power programme review the posting of beneficiaries and redeploy them to places of primary assignment nearest to their residence, to ease the plight of high transportation costs.
Key words: N-power, Poverty, Empowerment Programmes, Beneficiaries, Akwa Ibom State.