International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )
Businesses with one to five employees are called microenterprises (MEs) and they support households in developing nations around the world. They are a critical part of the economies of countries such as Nigeria. (Mead and Leidholm 1998; Santos1979). Large swathes of the population in Nigerian cities are engaged in microenterprises and are recognized by the larger society as well as the government for their contribution to the GDP. Mobile phone technologies are supporting the MEs to become more efficient. As an aspect of ICT, Mobile phone technology, from the number and level of people using it, emerge to be having a great impact on microenterprises. The role that mobile phones play in the remains largely unexplored. This study analyses the extent of mobile possession, and the impact of mobile phone usage on MEs in the in Katsina. The hypothesis that was tested and strongly rejected was that, mobile phone usage has no effect on business performance among MEs within the Katsina metropolitan area. Data for the study was collected from the 4 main administrative divisions of Katsina City. A regression model was used in analyzing these data. The main findings of the study are as follows: a) the sector is dominated by illiterate people, the majority of whom were male operators; b) many of the operators had mobile phones, and they used them for business transactions; c) mobile phone possession and usage of the phone for business transactions increases proficiency and earnings in the. It was recommended that policies that encourage mobile phone use be developed so as to increase the number of people using them and the advantages they gain in the sector. Enlightenment programs on mobile phone functions and uses ought to be conducted so as to explain to ME operators in the on money-saving and profit maximization opportunities..
: MEs, ICTs, Mobile Phones
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