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Sokoto Journal of Sociology (SJS) formerly Rima Sociologist is the official Journal of the Department of Sociology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University. It is devoted to issues relating to sociological studies of human societies. Papers in allied disciplines regarding human societies are also welcome. The mission is to publish high-quality papers from all over the world and make SJS, a top-notch journal of sociology. This journal, therefore, welcomes contributions from diverse areas of sociology and other social science-related issues. Theoretical, review and empirical papers are particularly welcome. The journal will be published twice a year (usually in June and December).
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A.A. Yakubu
Year:June, 2019, Volume: 15, Issue: 1
Pages: 61-75
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Nigeria is well endowed with abundant natural water, renewable and non-renewable energy resources to harness with view to diversify its energy supply and meet the demand of its growing population. There has been a supply-demand gap, as a result of inadequate development and inefficient management of the energy sector. The availability and consumption of energy in the life of a country are an index of prosperity. However, Nigeria with the high potentials and strong resource base for both renewable and non-renewable energy reserve is lagged behind in meeting its national requirement for usable energy needs. This paper examined the potentialities of energy resources that with appropriate plans, Nigeria could harness its waters and energy resources for economic development and achieve food security goal effectively. If these energy resources are sustainably managed to improve the energy balance of electric energy power scarcity experienced in the country. Nigeria could achieve rapid development in many sectors. This paper examined the various forms of energy sources and how they can be utilized for national development. It is recommended that legislations and laws should be put in place to the guide the establishment of the of the renewable energy industry in order to protect the interest of the environment, existing communities and the investors alike.
M.A. Abdullahi, B.Y. Mamman, U. Makinta and M.K. Yahaya
Year:June, 2019, Volume: 15, Issue: 1
Pages: 51-59
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This research attempts to analyse the profitability of small-scale maize marketing in Kano state. Despite governments’ heavy investment in agriculture, slight improvements were recorded among the small-scale maize marketers in the state. The main objective of the study is to examine the profitability of small-scale maize marketing in the state. Primary data for this study were collected using a multistage random sampling technique, a total of two hundred and fifty respondents were selected and interviewed from two local government areas of Kano state using questionnaire. Farm budgeting, gross and market margin analysis and marketing efficiency analysis were used to analyse the profitability of the venture. The socio-economic characteristics of the respondents showed that the business is dominated by males with average age of 42 years and mean household size of 10 persons. Also, majority of the respondents had primary education, with more than five years of business experience. The study showed that small-scale maize marketing was profitable, with low gross margins of 14.06 and 16.56, and CTO of ₦1.50 and ₦1.65 capital turnover for retailers and wholesalers respectively. The study recommends that the government should come up with enhancing policies that will promote profitability in marketing of the crop. Lastly, it is recommended that the government should come up with policies that are targeted towards encouraging the small-scale maize marketers in the area to increase their volume of trade in order to reap scale economies and increased profitability to ensure sustainability.
M.A. Ahmed
Year:June, 2019, Volume: 15, Issue: 1
Pages: 41-50
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This study investigated the effect of microfinance on improving the profit level of credit beneficiaries (CB) and compares it with non-credit beneficiaries (NCB) in North-Eastern Nigeria. Descriptive statistics, gross margin and t-test were used to analyze the data. The results of both groups showed that male mostly undertake maize production activities in the area as they are educated, experienced and are in their most productive ages. The total revenue accrued to CB per cropping season was N197,100, with a gross margin of about N104,123.55 and net farm income of N95,834.40, while NCB realized a total revenue of only N108,602.10, the gross margin of N53,961.60 and a net farm income of N50,724.05 which indicates that maize farming was generally profitable in the study area. The t-test results showed that there is a significant difference between the production inputs used, maize yield and profit gained by CB and NCB at varying levels of probability. The study recommends that microfinance beneficiaries should increase their loan size to invest more in their production activities and NCB should be encourage to obtain loan in order to complement their income and enhance their yield and profit levels.
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