Assessment Of Strategies For Rural Development In Isi –Uzo Local Government Area In Enugu State

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Assessment Of Strategies For Rural Development In Isi –Uzo Local Government Area In Enugu State.


This work dealt with the Assessment of Strategies for Rural Development in Isi-uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State. To carry out the study effectively, the researcher formulated six (6) research questions and one (1) null hypothesis.

The population for the study is four hundred (400) made up of both female and male members of Community Based Organizations in Isi-uzo Local Government Area. The major instrument used for the collection of the data for the study was questionnaire.

The data collected were analyzed by the use of simple percentage, weighted means and T-test statistical tool. The major findings include: That objectives of rural development; reduce inequality and ignorance; to provide basic amenities, full employment.

That construction of rural roads and culverts, provision of agricultural activities, rural electrification, health centres and so are the types of rural development projects carried out in Isi-uzo Local Government Area.

That the initiators of rural development projects in Isi-uzo Local Government Area include the community, the Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, among others.

That Government contributes toward the promotion of rural development through provision of amenities like electricity, roads and culverts, health facilities, water and so on.

That the strategies adopted by the rural dwellers to implement their projects include community efforts or non-directive strategy, the use of direct strategy or Government, among others.

That the problems facing rural development in Isi-uzo Local Government include lack of fund, illiteracy, power tussle/politics and so on. In view of the findings, recommendations were made; finally suggestions for further research were made.


Title Page………… i

Approval page………. ii

Certification…………… iii

Table of content………… iv

Dedication…………….. v

Acknowledgment….. vi

List of tables…………… vii

Abstract………. viii


  • Background of the study………. 1
  • Statement of the problem……… 8
  • Purpose of the study………… 8
  • Significance of the study….. 9
  • Scope of the study……… 9
  • Research questions… 10
  • Hypothesis……….. 10


  • Concept /Objectives and characteristics Features of Rural Development 11
  • Types of Rural Development Programmes……… 18
  • Participants in Rural Development…….. 20
  • Government Contributions /Efforts Towards the

Promotion of Rural Development………. 22

  • Strategies for Rural Development in Nigeria…….. 33
  • Problems of Rural Development……… 42

Summary of the Related Literature.. 47


  • Design of the study…… 50
  • Area of the study…………. 50


  • Demographic characteristics of the respondents——— 55
  • Research question one—— 57


  • Discussions of the findings – – –         67
  • Summary of the findings – –       71
  • Recommendations – –           72
  • Summary——- 73


1.1 Background of the Study

Rural development in Nigeria and indeed in Enugu State dates back to the origin of man. Man in a bid to live above nature, saw the need to develop his environment.

He started by taking care of the fundamental needs such as food, clothing, shelter and so on. as time went on, when civilization started crippling in, men lived together decided to improve on roads, clear pathways, markets and village squares.

Even the government’s intervention in providing the needs of man does not prevent man from contributing his quota in development. This trend continued until this modern Nigeria.

This means that the idea of rural development may have started long before the introduction of local government system or the coming of the Europeans to Nigeria.

Onyekwere (1987:7) citing Okunlola (1979:1) stated that self-help mechanism need for rural development had existed in traditional societies before the concept of rural development was introduced by the Western nation.

Equally, the National Youth Service Corps Orientation Lecture Series (1979:1) stated that long before the introduction of the science of development planning and studies, many rural communities in Nigeria had learned to provide themselves with functional and physical facilities by co-operation or communal efforts.

Also, Nwakama (1986:7) observed that for them to live in big homes with large rooms and windows to admit fresh air they have to seek the aid of other people or their neigbours.

From the above, there is evidence that our fore fathers have learned to come together to build roads instead of footpaths, village squares, markets and schools through communal efforts.


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