M. T. Shaibu, Victoria Anum


Poverty as socio-economic consequences has been worsened by COVID-19 closure measures. Even though, countries across the globe have implemented survival programme, it appears that in Nigeria, the awareness and effect of the programme is in doubt as the vulnerable group battle with survival. Equally, readings shows that extant researches concentrated on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic but scarcely consider the public awareness and effect of COVID-19 survival programme (CSP) on poverty alleviation. Therefore, the main thrust of this study is to investigate the level of awareness and the effect of CSP on poverty alleviation amongst the self-employed with reference to Akure-South Local Government (LG) of Ondo State in Nigeria. This study is rooted in Uses and gratification and Henri Fayol's management theoretical propositions. The purposive sampling technique was used to select 200 sample size from male and female in Akure-South LG and a self-structured Likert style rating scale questionnaire was distributed to elicit responses. The data gathered was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). This study found that the level of awareness about CSP amongst the self-employed is low in Akure-South LG. It equally found that the effect of CSP on poverty alleviation amongst the self-employed is insignificant. This paper recommends that for CSP to have significant impact on poverty, the federal government should authorize the publication of information about CSP in various LG through communication media to improve the level of awareness, numbers of beneficiaries, establish feedback mechanism to monitor the effect of CSP implementation, ascertain accountability and transparency.


Awareness, COVID-19, Management, Poverty, Self-employed and Survival Programme.

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