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European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences ISSN 1450-2275 Issue 11 (2008) © EuroJournals, Inc. 2008

Reducing Unemployment Through the Informal Sector: A Case Study of Nigeria
Ishola Rufus Akintoye Senior Lecturer, (OOU) Room 116, Department of Economics Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan Ibadan, Nigeria – West Africa Abstract This paper seeks to establish that unemployment as one of the macroeconomic problems could be reduced through the informal sector participation provided it is well supported and manged. The informal sector in itself may not be able to achieve much as we have presently due to inaccessibility to credit, but with the on-going policy of the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria on micro-financing the macroeconomic objective of reduced unemployment, if not full employment will become a reality in Nigeria. The microfinance policy has empowered the many microfinance institutions to provide credit to the informal sector. We therefore advise that the Nigerian Government and all relevant stakeholders continue in their quest towards reducing unemployment while they give their undivided support, in making sure that the informal sector continues to enjoy access to credit to finance its activities and accomplish its goal of unemployment reduction.

Unemployment is one of the developmental problems that face every developing economy in the 21st century. International statistics portray that industrial and service workers living in developing regions account for about two-thirds of the unemployed. (Patterson et al, 2006). The Nigerian economy since the attainment of political independence in 1960 has undergone fundamental structural changes. The domestic structural shifts have however not resulted in any significant and sustainable economic growth and development. Available data show that the Nigerian economy grew relatively in the greater parts of the 1970s, with respect to the oil boom of the 1970s, the outrageous profits from the oil boom encouraged wasteful expenditures in the public sector dislocation of the employment factor and also distorted the revenue bases for policy planning. This among many other crises resulted in the introduction of the structural adjustment programme (SAP) in 1986 and the current economic reforms. The core objective of the economic structural reform, is a total restructuring of the Nigerian economy in the face of population explosion (Douglason et al, 2006). However, these economic and financial structural reforms put in place have not yielded significant results. In the light of this, this paper seeks to examine how a major macroeconomic variable, unemployment could be reduced through the informal sector which is a recent global issue targeted at empowering people towards being self productive and independent(Akintoye, 2006). We shall consider the key concepts in our study, unemployment in Nigeria, in previous and recent times, role of the informal sector as a mitigating factor, the role of micro finance institutions, and other relevant stakeholders, in meeting the needs of the informal sector, while we also recommend how the informal sector can be activated in order reduce unemployment in Nigeria, which will


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invariably result in reduced poverty, improved standard of living, improved productivity, and an overall improvement in economic performance among other benefits.

Conceptual and theoretical issues
Unemployment: The Nigerian experience According to Briggs (1973) unemployment is the difference between the amount of lab our employed at current wage lends and working conditions, and the amount of labour not hired at these levels, however, Gbosi (1997) defined unemployment as a situation in which people who are willing to work at the prevailing wage rate are unable to find jobs. The implication of the definition by Gbosi is that anyone who is not be counted as part of the unemployed labour force, in order to avoid overestimation of the official rate of unemployment. In recent times, the definition of unemployment by the International Labour Organization (ILO) is said to be more encompassing, “the unemployed is a member of the economically active population, who are without work but available for and seeking for work, including people who have lost their jobs and those who have voluntarily left work (World Bank, 1998). The application of this definition across countries has been faulted, especially for the purpose of comparison and policy formulation, as countries characteristics are not the same in their commitment to resolving unemployment problems, moreso, the preponderance of housewives who posses the ability and willingness to work, the definition of the age bracket all stand as limitations to the definition by ILO (Douglason et al, 2006). According to the Central Bank of Nigeria (2003) the national unemployment rate, rose from 4.3 percent in 1970 to 6.4 percent in 1980. The high rate of unemployment observed in 1980 was attributed largely to depression in the Nigerian economy during the late 1970s. Specifically, the economic downturn led to the implementation of stabilization measures which included restriction on exports, which caused import dependency of most Nigerian manufacturing enterprises, which in turn resulted in Operation of many companies below their installed capacity. This development led to the close down of many industries while the survived few were forced to retrench a large proportion of their workforce, furthermore, the Nigerian Government also placed an embargo on employment. Specifically total disengagement from the Federal Civil Service rose from 2, 724 in 1980 to 6,294 in 1984 (Odusola, 2001). Owing to this, the national unemployment rate fluctuated around 6.0% until 1987 when it rose to 7.1 percent. It is important to state here, that SAP adopted in 1986, had serious implications on employment in Nigeria, as unemployment rate declined from 7.1 percent in 1987, to as low as 1.8 percent in 1995, after which it rose to 3.4 percent in 1996, and hovered between 3.4 and 4.7 percent between 1996 and 2000 (Douglason et al, 2006). The analysis by educational status also suggests that people who have been majorly affected by unemployment are those without basic education. For instance, persons with and without primary school education accounted for 76.8/80.6 percent of the unemployment in 1974 and 1978 respectively. In recent times however, the situation has been compounded by the increasing unemployment of professionals such as accountants, engineers, among others. According to a 1974 survey, reported by Aigbokhan (2000) graduate unemployment accounted for less than 1 percent of the unemployed, in 1974, by 1984, the proportion rose to 4 percent for urban areas and 2.2 percent in the rural areas. Graduate unemployment, (Dabalen et al, 2000) accounted about 32% of the unemployed labour force between 1992 and 1997. It is impressive to note here that, in 2003, Nigerian’s unemployment rate declined substantially to 2.3 percent. This decline was attributed to the various government efforts aimed at addressing the problem through poverty alleviation programmes. This decline also pointed to an increased number of people who got engaged in the informal sector activities. A couple of recent studies have attempted to examine the contributions of Informal Sector to employment creation. Ajibefun and Daramola (2003) examined the efficiency of micro enterprises in the Nigerian economy using a sample of 180 micro enterprises. They reported evidence of a wide


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variation in technical and allocative efficiencies, both within and across industries. They also found that education of owner of a business enterprise was a significant factor influencing efficiency. They conclude that the evidence of variations in efficiency is indicative of the need for more proactive actions to raise the level of efficiency and employment among the firms in the sample. Also, Sanda et al.(2006) used a sample of 360 firms in Kano and its environs to examine whether or not, in comparison to large firms, small firms are relatively better at creation of employment opportunities. Their results were positive in that small firms were found to be relatively better, and the conclusion they derived was that a policy that gives special preference to small firms is justified. The Informal Sector The informal sector is unorganized, unregulated and mostly legal, but unregistered. As observed by Todaro (1997), the massive additions to the urban labour force by this sector do not show up in formal modern sector unemployment statistics. The buck of new entrants to the urban labour force create their own employment or work for small scale family owned enterprises. The concept of “informal sector” since its invention in the 1970s has attracted much interest, discussion and disagreement. There are currently two approaches to defining informal sector activities: the definitional and behavioural (Farrel, roman and Fleming, 2000). Farrel defines the informal sector as one which consists of economic activities which are not recorded in the grow domestic product (GDP) and or the national income accounts. The behavioural which is a times referred to as the legalistic definiting is based on whether or not an activity complies with the established judicial, regulatory, and institutional framework (Feige, 1990) however, Sethuraman (1981) defines the informal sector as consisting of small scale units engaged in production and distribution of goods and services with the primary objective of generating employment and income, notwithstanding the constraints on capital, both physical and human, and the technical-knowhow, Arimah (2001, opines that the informal sector does not appear to have a meaning independent of the formal sector, as it only derives its meaning when contrasted with the formal sector. Ademu (2006) also defines the formal sector. Ademu (2006) also defines the formal sector as comprising those employment generating activities of some urban residents, undertaken for survival in the absence of formal employment. These activities are characterized by the lack of regulations by institutions of society in a social and legal environment in which similar activities are regulated. Common features of operators in the informal sector includes: • Easier access to production factors which are derivable from social organisation of family and friends. • Involves entrepreneurs in virtually all branches of the economy ranging from productive activities general services and specialized services. • Technology is determined more by the constraints of the social relations. • Motivation for production by the operators in the informal sector is becoming more profit oriented. (Ademu, 2006).

Efforts made at Combating Unemployment: National Directorate of Employment (NDE)
One of the steps taken by the Nigerian government to reduce the problem of unemployment in Nigeria was the establishment of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), which was established in November 22, 1986. The objective of NDE was to promptly and effectively fight unemployment by designing and implementing innovative programmes, which are directed towards the provision of training opportunities through the guidance and management support services to graduate farmers and small scale entrepreneurs. The objectives of NDE spanned across the following programmes:

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Agricultural development programme Youth employment and vocational skills development programme Special public works Small scale industries and graduate employment programme The aim of the agricultural programme is to generate employment for graduates, non-graduates and school leavers in the Agricultural sector, with emphasis on self employment in agricultural production and marketing. The programme is monitored by a team of Agricultural professionals in the Agricultural department of the directorate. However, factors which includes inadequate funding and late release of funds from the federation account among others, have impaired the effectiveness of the NDE agricultural programmes (Chinedum, 2006). As stated earlier, this study seeks to recommend the informal sector as a medium of reducing unemployment in Nigeria, while outlining some of the pointers needed in making the objectives achievable. National Economic Employment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) The National Economic Employment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) was introduced in March 2004, inorder to confront the various macroeconomic imbalances, social challenges and structural problems in the Nigerian Economy. One of the principal goals is to build a modern Nigerian that maximizes the potential of every citizen so as to become the largest and strongest African economy, and a force to be reckoned with in the world. To achieve this goal NEEDS, as a development strategy anchored on the private sector is to engineer wealth creation, employment generation and poverty reduction, however, for NEEDS to achieve its objectives there’s need to design many integrated programmes that can generate employment for women and youths to enhance growth and development (Adebayo, 2006). As it is a medium – termed reform based development strategy, and action plan for the period 2003-2007, the impact of NEEDS is yet to be felt, in combating unemployment problem and this further points to the need to seek help in the informal sector inorder to drastically reduce unemployment. The tables below are presented inorder to make for an easier analysis and comparison of the unemployment situation in Nigeria both in previous and recent times.
Table 1: National Unemployment Rates (1985-2004)
Composite 6.1 5.3 7.0 5.1 4.5 3.5 3.1 3.5 3.4 3.2 1.9 2.8 3.4 3.5 17.5 18.1 13.7 12.2 14.8 11.8 11.9 Urban 9.8 9.1 9.8 7.8 8.1 5.9 4.9 4.8 4.0 4.0 3.6 4.4 5.7 4.5 11.6 14.2 10.3 9.5 17.1 11.0 10.1 Rural 5.2 4.6 6.1 4.8 3.7 3.0 2.7 3.0 3.2 2.8 1.6 2.4 2.8 3.1 19.6 19.8 15.1 13.3 13.8 12.1 12.6

Survey Period December 1985 December 1986 December 1987 December 1988 December 1989 December 1990 December 1991 1992 (annualized) 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000* 2001* 2002* 2003* 2004* March 2005

Source: Federal Office of Statistics (FOS) and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) (June 2005). NB: * data obtained from the Statistical Fact Sheet of NBS.

Table 2:

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Unemployment Rates in Nigeria (2005)
% 11.9 6.5 14.4 9.8/27.4 29.7 9.9/4.5 18.6 6.3/8.0 11.1 21.4/3.4 16.5/7.9 12.1 19.1/19.1 23.8 2.9/8.7 6.5 0.2 2.5 6.2 5.3/1.9 2.8 7.0 4.1/19.9

States Nigeria Abuja Akwa-Ibom Anambra/Enugu Bauchi Edo/Delta State Benue Borno/Yobe Cross River Adamawa/Taraba Imo/Abia Kaduna Kano/Jigawa Katsina Kwara/Kogi Lagos Niger Ogun Ondo Oyo/Osun Plateau Rivers Sokoto/Kebbi
Source: Federal Office of Statistics, 2005.

Table 3:

Registered unemployed and vacancies declared in lower grade professional and executive levels
Professional and Executive Unemployed Vacancies 6123 606 15100 444 16293 591 14281 3091 10182 3695 12624 3989 22206 30188 108153 12605 28123 3307 32942 3708 67252 250 66461 83 99376 38 63669 138 104960 115

Lower grade Year 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Source: CBN, 2002

Unemployed 85158 145084 116162 96055 89752 110513 75143 75387 72277 81730 85441 85832 84727 86102 85368

Vacancies 13050 16502 14154 14052 7637 14529 3864 3735 3786 4182 7873 7831 6895 7313 6583

Placement 2378 4988 2506 3474 1917 2926 985 1251 859 1119 2020 2134 1352 1611 923

Placement 148 175 281 678 986 164 10 79 8 49 91 2 15 75 110

Table 4:

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Shows the level of unemployment from 1970-2002.
Labour market development

Year 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

Total Registered Unemployment 12250 12685 13573 15497 20918 23418 21026 14834 18796 256623 188438 106496 112588 123459 100745 91281 160184 132455 110336 99934 123137 97349 183540 100400 114672 152693 152293 184103 149693 190328 170287 180311

Total Vacancies declared 1613 1583 1983 2921 4186 4161 6044 6685 5608 15269 11904 13656 16946 14745 17143 11332 18518 6952 16340 7093 7890 8123 7914 6933 7451 6698 7564 7131

Vacancy Declared (junior cadre 1,533 1,520 1,870 2,829 4,061 3,989 5,864 6,373 5,410 34,947 58,204 47,557 18,310 14,612 11,156 13,050 16,502 14,154 14,052 7,637 14,529 3,864 3,735 3,786 4,182 7,873 7,831 6,895 7,313 6,583 7,437 7,010

Placement junior cadre 19,943 7,394 3,865 2,139 2,378 4,988 2,506 3,474 1,917 2,924 985 1,251 859 1,119 2,020 2,134 1,352 1,611 923 1,854 1,389

Vacancies Declared Executive cadre 80 63 113 92 125 172 180 312 198 657 748 606 444 591 3,091 3,695 3,989 3,088 12,605 3,307 3,708 250 83 38 138 115 127 121

Placement Executive cadre 145 26 145 148 175 281 678 986 164 10 79 8 49 91 2 15 75 110 93 102

Source: CBN Statistical Bulletin of various years.

Combating Unemployment via the Informal Sector
Studies on industrial development of different countries have shown that the informal sector constitutes an integral part in the overall industrial sector and play an active role in the growth and development of these countries. These enterprises contribute significantly to the employment generation and output growth of different developed and developing countries (Quarterly News letter of IYMC, 2005). In Nigeria, this sub-sector accounts for about 70% of the total industrial employment, generates about 6.2 percent of the aggregate employment in the United States, 22.3 percent in China, about 80 percent in India, as well as about 50 percent employment in Israel (Maryland, 2004). The foregoing therefore points to the fact that the informal sector given the needed support and regulatory framework could be a major player in the combat against unemployment saga in Nigeria, as well as in other developing countries. However, the informal sector cannot operate effectively at this task without the support of other key players, which is basically the availability of credit, as the best of ideas may never translate to


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reality without the wherewithal to make it happen – CREDIT, FUND; hence the availability of credit to finance the informal sector cannot be under placed. Roles of the Micro Finance Institutions Micro Finance continues to assume increasing importance as a result of the foregoing. The emphasis on micro credit in this century is such that the Global conscience believes that if unemployment is reduced, the world would be a better place as there would be a reduction in poverty, an improved living condition, increased productivity, and an overall resultant effect of an enhanced economic performance. Khandker (1998) observes that the lack of savings and capital makes it difficult for many poor people to become self-employed and to undertake productive employment generating activities. Furthermore, lack of capital makes it difficult for the disadvantaged to become self-employed. Consequently, the informal sector’s productive base and contributions remain small due to inaccessibility to credit (Ademu, 2006). In the light of the above, micro finance institutions in whatever social and economic climes can deliver credit to the informal sector which in turn makes use of the borrowed fund profitably, thereby reducing the level of unemployment in the country. Microfinance service providers are expected to: (i) Provide efficient and effective financial services, such as credit, deposits, commodity/inventory collateralization, leasing, and innovative transfer/payment services; (ii) Undertake appropriate recruitment and retention of qualified professionals through transparent and competitive processes; (iii) Adopt continuous training and capacity building programmes to improve the skills of staff; and (iv) Strictly observe their fiduciary responsibility, remain transparent and accountable in protecting savers’ deposits. Goals of Micro Finance Banks The establishment of microfinance banks has become imperative to serve the following purposes: (i) Provide diversified, affordable and dependable financial services to the active poor, in a timely and competitive manner, that would enable them to undertake and develop long-term, sustainable entrepreneurial; (ii) Mobilize savings for intermediation; (iii) Create employment opportunities and increase the productivity of the poor in the country, thereby increasing their individual household income and uplifting their standard of living; (iv) Enhance organized, systematic and focused participation of the poor in the socio-economic development and resource allocation process; (v) Provide veritable avenues for the administration of the micro credit programmes of government and high net worth individuals on a non-recourse case basis. In particular, this policy ensures that state governments shall dedicate an amount of not less than 1% of their annual budgets for the on-lending activities of microfinance banks in favour of their residents; and (vi) Render payment services, such as salaries, gratuities, and pensions for various tiers of government. With the effective implementation and monitoring of the on-going micro finance policy in Nigeria, it is expected that the issue of unemployment in Nigeria will be a thing of the past by the year 2020.

The roles and Responsibilities of Stakeholders
The roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in ensuring the effective performance of the informal sector are hereby outlined. Government shall be responsible for:

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Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) The roles of the CBN shall include the following: (i) Establishing a National Microfinance Consultative Committee. (ii) Evolving a clear micro-finance policy that spells out eligibility and licensing criteria, provides operational/prudential standards and guidelines to all stakeholders; (iii) Evolving a microfinance sub-sector and institutional policies aimed at providing regulatory harmony, promoting healthy competition and mainstreaming micro financing with formal intermediation; (iv) Adopting an appropriate regulatory and supervisory framework; (v) Minimizing regulatory arbitrage through periodic reviews of the policy and guidelines; (vi) Promoting linkage programmes between universal/development banks, specialized finance institutions and the microfinance banks; (vii) Continuously advocating market-determined interest rates for government-owned institutions and promote the channeling of government microfinance funds through MFBs; and (viii) Implementing appropriate training programmes for regulators, promoters and practitioners in the sub-sector, in collaboration with stakeholders. Donors agencies and NGO’s Donor agencies offer free or subsidized funds, donations or technical assistance for the development of the microfinance industry in Nigeria. They include bilateral and multilateral institutions, NGOs and missionaries with a pro-poor orientation. The services provided by donor agencies include grants, donations, technical assistance, etc. The donor agencies, in conducting their microfinance activities, shall comply with the relevant provisions of this policy. The target clients for donors’ support may include: MFIs, NGOs, regulators and other relevant agencies. However, for the purpose of leveraging the evolving micro financial initiative, donors are expected to direct most of their assistance to licensed MFBs to ensure an orderly resource injection, transparency and synergy. (CBN, 2005).

Conclusion and Policy Implications
From our study, employment generation has been seen as a means of alleviating poverty, increasing the level of economic activities which translate into economic growth. The situation of unemployment in Africa, Nigeria as a case study has been on the increase which has resulted in increase in social vices among other negativities. Although the Nigerian Government in previous times had put in place policies and programmes which are meant to combat this menace, few of which are considered in this study, but up till now these programmes have not made much impact. We therefore examine how unemployment can be reduced, by expanding the activities of the informal sector. Although the informal sector has its challenges, which revolves round the inaccessibility of credit to finance its activities but there is a glimmer of hope, considering the on-going policy of the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria, on microfinance, which has


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brought microfinance banking into the limelight making it a more realistic programme. It is hoped that if the microfinance programme continues to enjoy the support and regulatory framework it presently enjoys from Government and stakeholders, it will no longer be crippled by lack of fund, while the employment generation and job creation goals of the millennium also become a reality. We hereby recommend the informal sector as a medium of reducing unemployment in Nigeria and advise that Government and all relevant stakeholders continue in their quest towards reducing unemployment, as well as give their support in ensuring that the informal sector is not downtrodden but embraced in this task.

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