Abstract: This study examined factors responsible for drop out of youths from the National Poverty Alleviation Programme (NAPEP) in Cross river State, Nigeria. Data for the study was collected with the aid of questionnaire administered to 16 staff of the programme in the study area. It was found that drop out rate was not as high as assumed. However reasons adduced for drop out of youths from the programme were inadequate understanding of the programme, lack of discipline, financial reason, family problems, returning to school and lack of interest. It is therefore recommended that there should be a mechanism to assist the NAPEP graduates in securing jobs or settling down independently on their job should be put into consideration, with the aid of the Ministry of employment. Adequate facilities and equipments should be provided at the various training centers in order to make the participation worthwhile to the participants. A follow-up scheme should be made for the drop-outs to ensure that all those who register and started successfully complete the programme. The training centre should be monitored more than twice a month to ensure proper management. Disbursement of fund for the programmes should be done accurately and funds should not be siphoned for personal usage, also the account balance of expense and incomes made should be drafted out monthly and reviewed regularly.
A.O. Angba and O.M. Adesope , 2007. Factors Responsible for Drop out of Youths from the National Poverty Alleviation Programme in Cross River State, Nigeria . Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 2: 453-457.