Abstract: This study was conducted to analyse the impact of micro-credit and training on efficiency of small-scale entrepreneurs, using the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) programme as a case study. National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has been found to be functioning effectively in its training services. However, it has been found to be inefficient in the area of credit provision and utilisation. In order to evaluate the link between the loan/training programmes of the Directorate with the level of efficiency of micro-entrepreneurs in the state, we estimate technical efficiencies and identify significant policy variables influencing efficiency of selected micro enterprises, using the stochastic frontier production function. Results indicate that there are intra and inter group variations in the efficiency of bakers, furniture makers and burnt-brick makers, showing that there is possibility of improving the level efficiency of these entrepreneurs. The most significant determinants of technical efficiencies of bakers, furniture makers and burnt-brick makers are the level of education, business experience, age of operators, credit access, training experience and level of working capital and initial capital outlay.
M.M.Fasoranti , O.O. Akinrinola and I.A. Ajibefun , 2006. Impact of the Micro Credit and Training on Efficiency of Small-Scale Entrepreneurs: Evidence from National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Loan/training Programmes in Nigeria. The Social Sciences, 1: 264-269.