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THE EFFECT OF COOPERATIVE PROFESSIONALS IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A STUDY OF SELECTED COOPERATIVES IN ENUGU STATE
This study examined the place of cooperative professionals in national development utilizing some selected cooperatives in Enugu state as a case study. The objectives of the study were to determine the effect of cooperatives professionals’ activities on economic development of Enugu state and to determine the effect of cooperatives professionals’ activities on Political development of Enugu state. The research design used in this study was survey research design. The population for the study comprises of all the members of co-operative societies in the seventeen (17) local government areas of Enugu State and co-operative field staff also in the state. The stratified random sampling technique was used to determine the sample size according to co-operative societies and membership strength (co-operators and field staff) in each local government area of each zone. This gave a total size of 219 members. The instrument used for the collection of data was the structured questionnaire developed by the researcher. The data was analysed using inferential statistical tool and was presented in frequency and percentage table. The hypotheses postulated were tested with various test statistics aided by computer through the application of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 23 version). Specifically, the two hypotheses were tested using linear regression analysis. The results of the study revealed that the activities of cooperatives professionals have significant effect on economic development of Enugu state, which is statistically significant at p = .000 < 0.05. and that the activities of cooperatives professionals have significant effect on the Political development of Enugu state, which is statistically significant at p = .000 < 0.05. it was therefore recommended among other things that; government should provide cooperative professionals with adequate avenue to partake in the governmental activities of the state and that cooperatives should make it as point of duty to educate the general public more on their activities and how it can be of importance to the national development as this will enable them gain more support from the government and general public.
Keywords: Cooperatives, Professionals, National Development, Economic development, Political development.