A SURVEY OF THE BARRIERS OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN AKURE CITY OF ONDO STATE NIGERIA

Omoleke Ishaq Ishola, Ajayi Adeola

Abstract


The paper surveyed the barriers faced by women entrepreneurs in Akure City of Ondo State, Nigeria. This was necessitated by need to ensure that women play an important role in the generation of employment and wealth creation in Akure City of Ondo State, Nigeria. Both primary and secondary sources of data were utilized for the study. The primary sources of data were collected using structured questionnaires. The sample consisted of 120 women entrepreneurs in Akure City of Ondo State, Nigeria. Respondents were selected from women entrepreneurs in agriculture, vocational training, manufacturing, trading and services. The questionnaires were administered using descriptive and inferential statistics to achieve the objectives of the study. The findings revealed that there are many barriers affecting Akure based women entrepreneurs which aptly explain why they cannot contribute meaningfully to entrepreneurship development of Ondo State. The study concluded that the barriers facing Akure based women entrepreneurs should be addressed in order for them to contribute significantly to the economic growth of Ondo State and Nigeria as a whole.


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