ENTREPRENEURIAL COMPETENCIES NEEDED BY BUSINESS EDUCATION GRADUATES FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN ENUGU STATE
In this study, an attempt was made to identify the entrepreneurial competencies needed by
business education graduates in Enugu State for poverty alleviation. The study made use of survey research design. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. The population consisted of 570 registered entrepreneurs in Enugu State and a sample size of
291 entrepreneurs was used. The data collected were analyzed using mean statistic and standard deviation. The hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. It was found that the theoretical entrepreneurship competencies such as the knowledge of advantages and disadvantages of starting a small scale business is very highly needed by business education graduates and also practical entrepreneurial competencies such as ability to keep proper book-keeping records of the organization is very highly needed by business education
graduates for poverty alleviation in Enugu State. Based on the findings. It was
recommended that business education graduates while in school should be equipped with theoretical and practical entrepreneurial knowledge and competencies that can help them in establishing and running a small-scale business for poverty alleviation.