There has been a high and growing incidence of poverty in Lagos State in the last two decades. Overtime, what can be discerned in the various approaches to poverty alleviation in Lagos State is that the State is determined largely by making a choice between growth promoting policies and poverty focused strategies. The reality however is that, the two approaches are not after all mutually exclusive. They are complementary to the extent that the former serve only as a long term the latter constitute an immediate and direct shot at the poverty itself.


This research work is designed to examine clearly the challenges and prospects of poverty alleviation programmes in Lagos State. Ikeja local Government was the case study. The various definitions and categories of poverty, causes of poverty, profile of poverty in Nigeria and programmes in Nigeria among others were discussed.


Moreover, through the aid of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software, all data collected through the questionnaire were analyzed; and, Chi-Square was used to test for the entire three hypotheses. At the end of the analysis of findings, policy recommendations were made towards effectiveness in State Government effort in alleviating poverty in Lagos State.



Chapter One

1.1       Introduction

1.2       Statement of the Problem                  

1.3       Aim and Objectives                 

1.4       Research Questions                 

1.5       Research Hypothesis               

1.6       The Research Methodology                 

1.7       The Significance of the Study                         

1.8       The Scope and limitation of the Study                        

1.9       Definition of Terms               

1.10     Organization of the Study                 


Chapter Two

2.1       Introduction - Literature Review       

2.2       Definition and Concept of Poverty    

2.3       The Profile of Poverty in Nigeria      

2.4       Poverty Alleviation      


2.5       Poverty Alleviation Issues in Nigeria            

2.6       Poverty Alleviation Programmes in Nigeria

2.7       The Perspectives on Poverty Alleviation      


Chapter Three

3.1       Introduction               

3.2       The Study Area          

3.3       Sample Size               

3.4       Target Population                  

3.5       Method of Data Analysis       

3.6       Research Hypothesis             


Chapter Four

4.0       Data Presentation and Analysis         

4.1       Introduction   

4.2       Data Analysis and Presentation           

4.3       Analysis of the Returned Questionnaires      

4.4       Test of Hypothesis and Interpretation           


Chapter Five

5.1       Summary of the Major Findings                    

5.2       Conclusion                             

5.3       Recommendation       



4.1     Sex of the Respondents

4.2     Age of the Respondents

4.3     Marital Status of the Respondents

4.4     Occupation of the Respondents

4.5     Educational background of the Respondents

4.6     Have you heard about Poverty Alleviation Programmes

4.7     If yes, what do you think Poverty Alleviation Programme is all about?

4.8     Respondents knowledge about Poverty Alleviation put in place by

          the Lagos State Government

4.9     Poverty Alleviation Programmes put in place by the State Government

          As mentioned by the Respondents.

4.10   What do you think the Programme is meant for?

4.11   Respondents view whether beneficiaries are benefiting from the 

          programme or not

4.12   Rating by the Respondents of Poverty Alleviation in Lagos State

4.13   Respondents opinion on the sponsor(s) of Poverty Alleviation Programmes in Lagos State

4.14   Opinion of the Respondents whether Poverty Alleviation Programme put

          in place by the  State Government really helped or not

4.15   Impact of Poverty Alleviation Programme in Lagos State

4.16   Causes of Failure of poverty Alleviation Programmes

4.17   Opinion of the Respondents on what Lagos State should do for Poverty Alleviation to be more effective

4.18   Challenges confronting State Government in Alleviating Poverty

          in the State