ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration
Volume No: 3|
IMPACT OF POLITICAL INTERFERENCE ON THE SUCCESS OF NATIONAL POVERTY ERADICATION PROGRAMME IN KADUNA STATE
1-DR. LAWAL SALEH, 2-TIJJANI ALIYU ADAMU
1-DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY OF ADMINISTRATION,AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA
2-DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION , FACULTY OF ADMINISTRATION&NBSP;, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA
This paper examined the impact which political interference has on the success of NAPEP in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Research questions, objectives and hypothesis were stated in line with this The study covered period between 2007 and 2012 and concentrated on two of the major NAPEP schemes, YES and FEP. Data for the study were generated from both primary and secondary sources with questionnaires, interviews and personal observation as the instruments for generating the primary data. The populations of the study were two. One was the staff of NAPEP in Kudan, Kaduna South and Jema'a Local Government areas of Kaduna State whose number were 6 while the second was the beneficiaries population who were 918. However, 5 individuals were selected to serve as the sample size for the staff while 138 were selected from the beneficiaries to represent their population. Data were analysed qualitatively and hypothesis was tested using Pearson Chi-square test. The study revealed that there were undue political interferences and incredibility in the selection criteria in the process of managing NAPEP programme in the state. It was recommended that political interferences should be checked in the activities of NAPEP and credibility be enhanced while selecting beneficiaries to the programme.
It is evident that non compliance to credibility and objectivity in the selection of the beneficiaries to the programme became a practice in NAPEP resulting to the emergence of wrong individuals as the beneficiaries of the programme. Political interference was rampant to the extent that the political elites and some high level bureaucrats hijacked the programme that was meant for the poor. These practices contributed to the inability of the programme to uplift the social and economic wellbeing of the targeted population and hence, poverty reduction would continue to remain a mere hope unless these issues are adequately taken care of by the government.
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