INFLUENCE OF FINANCIAL INCLUSION ON SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
The study examined the influence of financial inclusion dimensions (mobile banking, banking services and banking penetration) on SMEs growth and development in Nigeria. The study comprises on a quantitative survey of 625 Small scale businesses. The data was collected from the business organizations operating in all local governments of Oyo State, Nigeria through a self-administered questionnaire. The study covered bakery, block making fabric making and hairdressing. Linear Regression Analysis was employed to analyse data collected. The result revealed that financial inclusion dimensions (mobile banking, banking services and banking penetration) have positive and significant influence on SMEs growth and development. Subsequently, recommendation was made that government should provide capacity building efforts that could lead to well-managed, sustainably financed SME support mechanisms especially credit guarantees.