THE ROLE OF NATIONAL DIRECTORATE OF EMPLOYMENT AND SMALL SCALE ENTERPRISES IN REDUCING UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE ECONOMY
The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of National Directorate of Employment and Small Scale Enterprises in reducing unemployment in the economy. Emphasis was placed on the role of government agencies like the National Directorate of Employment and related policies in curbing the menace of unemployment in the economy. The methodological approach adopted was the survey method. The literature reviewed the works done by eminent scholars, professionals, government gazette on small scale enterprises, unemployment and other management practitioners. Secondary and primary data were used for this study. The primary data were questionnaires administered and oral interview conducted on the target population. The data collected were tabulated and analyzed using chi-square statistical tools. The findings of this research show that, The activities of National Directorate of Employment contribute to the reduction of unemployment rate in the economy, Government agencies and policies in Nigeria provide a reasonable solution, to an extent in tackling the unemployment problem, The existence of Small Scale Enterprises in no mean measure, boast employment generation in Nigeria, There should be a re-appraisal of government aids to Small Scale Enterprises and maintenance of agencies set up to support the programmes, There should be motivation and incentives to Small Scale Entrepreneurs and government agencies to boast the fight against unemployment, There should be a proper maintenance and establishment of a data bank on unemployment and vacancies in the country with a view of acting as a clearing house to link job seekers with vacancies in collaboration with other government and non government agencies.