TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN BAMBOO PROCESSING IN POST COVID-19 PANDEMIC FOR JOB CREATION AMONG UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN AKWA-IBOM STATE
This study aimed at investigating Technological Innovations in Bamboo Processing in COVID19 pandemic for Job Creation among University Students in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria. Two specific objectives, two research questions and two null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. A descriptive survey design was adopted on a population of 38 respondents. The entire population was studies as the population size was manageable. A 28 items structured questionnaire with a reliability coefficient of 0.78 was used to elicite data from the respondents. The Mean statistics was used to answer the research questions while independent t-test was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed 14 bamboo processing procedures and 14 requisite equipment manipulative skill for bamboo fabrication. It was concluded that when students acquire adequate knowledge on bamboo cultivation, fabrication procedure and develop all requisite equipment manipulative skills, they will be able to create job for themselves and others which will translate to wealth creation and poverty eradication in Akwa-Ibom State and the country at large. It was recommended among others that all tiers of government and educational stakeholders should improvise means of acquiring requisite equipment for bamboo fabrication in Nigeria.
Technological innovations, Bamboo Processing, Job creation, COVID-19 Pandemic