CONSTRAINTS OF MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANIC STUDENTS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN TECHNICAL COLLEGES OF NIGER STATE
Abdulkadir, M; Mustapha, A; Hamidu, Y. M; Alawode, O. D and Nma, T. N
The study investigated the constraints of motor vehicle mechanic students in entrepreneurship development in technical colleges of Niger State. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. A descriptive survey design was employed for the study. The study was conducted in all the 7 technical colleges in Niger State. A total of 488 respondents comprising of 455 motor vehicle mechanic TCIII students and 33 motor vehicle teachers was used for the study. Twenty four item-questionnaires designed by the researchers and validated by three experts from Industrial and Technology Education, Federal University of Technology, Minna was used for data collection. The reliability co-efficient of the instrument was 0.89 through Cronbach Alpha statistics. Mean and standard deviation were used for answering the research questions while t-test statistics was used to test the null hypotheses at .05 level of significance. The findings of the study revealed among others; technology dependence, shortage of qualified personnel, lack of dynamic curriculum on entrepreneurship courses are some of the constraints of Motor Vehicle Mechanic Students in Entrepreneurship Development; entrepreneurial teaching should go beyond the traditional teaching in the classroom and the concept of risk-taking and wealth creation is encouraged in youths are some of the ways of overcoming the constraints of motor vehicle mechanic in entrepreneurship development. It was recommended that Government should formulate policies and programmes to encourage entrepreneurs to sail smoothly in their investment, such encouragement should include an interest-free loan.