The Project File Details
1.0 Background of study.
1.1 Statements of problem.
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY
3.1 Secondary of data
4.0 PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA
5.0 Summary of findings recommendations, conclusions and areas of further research
1.1 BACKGROUND OF STUDY
Inflation is neither new in the economic system of Nigeria nor the world at large. Variations in magnitude or rates have been noticed to be in existence.
In Nigeria the rate of inflation was about 10 percent between 1969 and 1970. Prices rose by about 14 percent in 1970 (immediately after the civil war of 1970). Then fell to 3 percent in 1972. Rose by about 16.1 percent in 1974 and reached a rate of about 34 percent increase in 1975.
In the 80’s, the rate of inflation between 1908 and1982 was around 30 percent with the rest of the 80’s at the rate of 40% averagely.
The 90’s were at the rate of 40 to 50% between 1990 to 1992 and then 1994 rate was officially put at above 60 percent. Inflation was and is still the greatest task to government’s policymakers in the 1990’s.
In the world, between 1979-1801, prices rose by more then 50 percent. Also between 1939-1941, the prices level was record to be almost what it was before.
The height of Herry V111’s debasement in England (through the mint reducing the weight of remitted coins, lowering their gold and silver content, and increasing the normal value of existing coins by assigning them higher values as well as melting down plate and ornament taken from the ransacked monasteries), and prices between many 1542 and mid 1551, had an inflationary rate of 16 percent per annum 23 percent during war with France and almost 30 percent during the first world war. This is about the highest rate attained in the world history.
It is now evident that inflation persists both in the developed and developing countries, with difference in magnitude or rates. The rate is developed countries making comparison with present situations, as the above noted rates were attained during the seventeenth century and the early part of the eighteenth century (1799-1801), and the early to mid parts of the nineteenth century (1939-1951).
In the case of Nigeria, the rates were attained in the rate nineteenth century (1969-1975).
Inflation simply refer to a continuous or in —- rise in prices.
According to Webster’s seventh new collegiate dictionary, inflation is defined as an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available good resulting in a substantial and continuous rise in the general price level. This definition points out the fact that inflation cannot occur unless there is undue increase in the volume of money and credit. This brings about continued rise in general price level of goods, which in not being matched by the proportionate quality of goods and service in the economy.
Inflation become significant in Nigeria after the Nigeria civil war thought it might have been in existence long before then.
Immediately after the Nigeria civil war, prices took an upward turn from their previous level due to the shortage of goods and services, caused by the disruption of productive factors by the civil war.
Furthermore, the caused factor of salaries and wages review should not be left unmentioned. The review started with the Adhoc Award of 1970 which was followed by the Udoji and William Awards of 1974. all these awards intensified the inflationary pressure.
Also, the high prices if imported goods arising from increases in foreign prices and instability of international exchange rates. Surcharge from post congestion, storage facilities, marketing arrangements plus the distribution new work.
The issue of gradual remove of the remaining 20 percent on oil subsidy is the most current inflationary element in the Nigeria economic system.
If inflation were to every one in exactly the same way and degree, it would have no importance what so ever. It’s social significance arises from the fact that it always does affect people differently. It’s effect on have wife (A) would differ from it’s effect on house wife B depending on personality income and family. Whether in village or town are of relevance to the study.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
The inflationary period is a time of high prices of goods and services this lowers the quantity and type of products (goods and services) purchasable by the messes in Enugu state at any point in time. The problem posed is that Enugu dwellers others in the society are unable to purchase types (quality) and quantities of desired products during inflation.
During inflation, income (especially of those fixed income earners and the very poor ones in the society) are unable to match the increasing prices of goods and service. This continues as long as rising prices and falling purchasing power persists. The problem as the ability of masses to purchase products” in the light of continued rising prices become reduced.
Equally of importance is the issue of inflation giving rise to the different societal classes, thereby creating gaps in the society with income as the distinctive factor. There is a high gap between incomes of fixed incomes earners and the profit earners. This is because the profit earners incomes tend to rise with the rising price of products as opposed to those of the fixed income earners.
It is also worth while to note that during an inflationary period, saving decline. This is because a decline in savings results in low investment, whereas low investment retards economic growth.
The pertinent questions to ask here is how will the masses be able to purchase the desire mix of products. How will the fixed income earners be able to maintain their standard of living at periods pf continued rising prices? How do poor masses make both ends meet under a situation of declining purchasing power?
How will the government bridge the gap between the fixed income earners and profit earners?
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The objective of the researcher is
1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The importance of this study lies in the fact that an analysis of the meaning, cause/ types and effect of inflation on the masses (a market segment of the heterogeneous population) etc, will give a more realistic out look of how the total market segments (the population as whole) are being affected.
It is hoped that a stud of this nature will.
H0- inflation affects the income of average individual living in Enugu
H1- Inflation does not affect income of average individual living in Enugu
Enugu, Onitsha and Awuzu localities were defined by the research to cover the occupational sectors of individuals within these localities this was grouped into five,
The grouping was on the basis of relative uniform income among the masses in the same sector and also for case of questionnaire administration and control. Also, the use of occupational basis will aid in the easy determination of which classes individuals suffer most under an inflationary situation.
Furthermore, the locality that has its masses mostly affected will be easily detected, using the same occupational variable as basses for comparison.
The sample space comprised those in the public and private corporations, self- employed, retire (pensioners) ordinary masses (non income earners) and student that are married, with or without children.
Research works are subject to one form of limitation or other. Mine is not an exception it was the initial though of the researcher that the exercise was going to be easy and smooth, but the contrary was the case
As a student, several academic demand compete for the limited but precious time available. This implies that non of these competing exercise could be effectively handled without the other being worse off. That was my situation. Although the time expended was too small to do Justice to the study, the opportunity cost in terms of other equally important activities forgone or cursorily attended to was much.
At this period or general economic crunch where the cost of every thing is high carrying out a study and all that it involves in the three localities (Enugu, Onitsha, and Awuzu) is much more that a student could bear with his meager purse.
The researcher faced some embarrassments arising from the impatience, too much busy and uncompromising attitude of respondents, even when the study is supposed to encourage ready co-operation from the house wives. It was however, with convincing tact that I manage to make through this obstacle after many journeys to Onitsha and Awuzu localities.
Inclusively, was the problem of inadequate data and previous works of relevance to the study secondary data were manly peripheral while previous works were completely unrelated to the issue at State?