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Title: Operations of small and medium enterprises and the legal system in Nigeria
Authors: Ufua, Daniel E.
OLUJOBI, Olusola Joshua
Ogbari, Mercy E.
Dada, Joseph A.
Edafe, Oluwatosin D.
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Publisher: Nature: Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
Citation: Ufua, D.E., Olujobi, O.J., Ogbari, M.E. et al. Operations of small and medium enterprises and the legal system in Nigeria. Humanit Soc Sci Commun 7, 94 (2020).
Abstract: This research explored the effects of the legal system on SMEs operations in the Nigerian economy. The study aimed to address the gap in literature discussing the legal system and SMEs’ operations in Nigeria. It focused on learning about the current level of support of the legal system for SME operations and as well as suggesting an approach to enhance effective SMEs’ operations in Nigeria further. The current study applied a conceptual review, relying on extant literature relating to the antecedence of the Nigeria legal system, focusing on the critical factors affecting SME practices in Nigeria. A key finding is the importance of the legal system functions to SMEs practice in Nigeria. It also highlighted the weaknesses of the legal system in providing the needed backing and conducive business environment for SMEs in Nigeria. A model was proposed, depicting the need for restructuring of the legal system, improvised support of other government functionaries and other relevant stakeholders, to facilitate SMEs’ operations and enhance their contributions to the Nigerian economy. The research ends with the suggestion for further research to consider other research methodological approaches, the development of alternative dispute revolutionary measures, as well as a comparative study involving two or more economies in order to project further learning on the legal system and SMEs’ operations.
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