THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN CO-OPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT
(A CASE STUDY OF NJIKOKA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ANAMBRA STATE)
The aim of this project was to find out the role of Nwanedumba, women Co-operative Society Development in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The subject used for the study, consisted of one hundred women co-operators from four registered women co-operatives in the same local government, sample size was used in selecting these one hundred co-operators from the population of the four registered women co-operative societies in the local government.
Questionnaire and oral interview were the major instrument used for the study. A total of 100 question of the co-operative societies out of these 68 were completed and returned. One more questionnaire was administered to the divisional corporative officer of Njikoka Local Government Area.
This project also encouraged women to invest more on production ventures than one collection of individual loans from the co-operative. This will help provide employment opportunities for the members and the people of Njikoka Local Government Area.
Table of contents
1.1 Background of the study
1.2 Statement of problems
1.3 Purpose of study
1.4 Significance of the study
1.5 Limitations of the study
1.6 Definition of terms
2.0 Review of related literatures
2.1 Women in co-operative societies
2.2 The role of women in agricultural production
2.2 Government participation in co-operative
2.4 The socio-economic characteristic of women in Njikoka local government area
3.0 Research design and methodology
3.1 Research design and population
3.2 Sources of data
3.3 Method of investigation
1.1 BACKGROUN OF THE STUDY
History has shown that development can occur when every member contributes and participate in the development, hence development should be seen as a collective responsibility of all the people that makes up the society irrespective of sex, age, class and creed.
One cannot therefore over emphasis the importance which the co-operative movement can play in Nigeria, especially in area of food shortage. It is certain that the co-operative movement plays an increasing significant role in satisfying natural, social and political needs of the rural and urban dwellers in Nigeria. It was as a result of the significant role of the co-operative societies that Federal Republic of Nigeria in her third national Development Plan (1975 – 80) had a policy objective of foresting the growth of growth of co-operative movement. As instrument for achieving increased agricultural productivity and rural transformation. The recently launched “Family Economy Advancement” and Better Life for women development is another move made by the government to ensure women participate fully in national development co-operative societies are organized groups, which are created to accomplish one or more functions inducting production, purchasing and supplying and the provision of credit facilities of its members.
Inspite of the government emphasis on the need for Nigeria to form co-opera societies. In order to achieve self sufficiency in food production especially during this period of depressed economy, we are yet to experience women’s full participation in co-operative societies, Ijere (1981) continted that out of a population of about 80 million people only 2.4% of Nigeria women were co-operators.
However, it has become imperative to test the contribution and roles of women unco-operatives in national development with particular reference to Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEMS
From the background of the study it should be understood that modern co-operative societies were formed in Njikoka Local Government Area to caten for the socio-economic needs of the women. It is also aimed at serving as