The Role Of Transport System In Rural Development: A Case Study Of Okpe Local Government Area Of Delta State
This study was conducted to examine the role of transport system in rural development in Okpe L.G.A of Delta State. It has been observed that untarred/seasonal roads and foot track dominates in the study area. Lack of good roads in the study area has great negative impacts on the socio-economic activities of the rural communities. The reviewed literature showed that transport system have been faced with numerous problems due to poor road maintenance and bad road, lack of fund to construct good roads, poor road network. A total of 150 questionnaires were administered to the respondents in the selected areas of Okpe L.G.A of Delta State. The hypothesis formulated was tested using Chi-Square techniques. The result of the findings indicates that transport system has a significant impact on rural development in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. The findings also reveals that transport system has played significant role in the development of Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. The study concluded that there is a significant relationship between the causes of road accident on urban/rural road and the problems of transport system in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. The study recommended that the government and private organizations should organize public awareness programs on the dangers of inexperience driving alongside the positive role of transport system on rural development.
1.1 Background to the Study
Most of the journeys made by the rural poor are for subsistence tasks. For them, access to local facilities and the primary transport network is critical during times of need, especially for health, social and economic reasons (Ahmed and Donovan, 2012). Improvements to the primary village network of paths, tracks, culverts, and access routes that reduce the burden of basic household and productive tasks, as well as the increased availability of intermediate modes of transport with larger carrying capacity are likely to have a greater initial impact on the well-being of the poor in Nigeria rural areas (Kishiue, et al, 2005). Therefore, improving transport within a village is as important to the poor and very poor as providing access to markets outside the village. Dakyes and Ogbuli, (2012) opined that market roads should be designed to follow the Christaller’s traffic principle and accordingly pass though the largest possible number of villages. They added that each incoming hinterland to market road ought to have a complement of dendritic feeder roads branching out into the various villages. Access to good markets for rural communities to dispose off their farm produce should be considered a matter of urgency by the government (Todaro, 1981). This will no doubt enhance the income level of the people thereby reducing the level of poverty in the rural areas especially in Nigeria. The poor require genuinely integrated programs of support right through the cycles of production, transportation, and sale (Owen, 1987). The poor need support to make use of the opportunities that rural roads may bring. For the poor to travel for productive purposes, the provision of transport services must be linked to some livelihood and income diversification activity that builds on or supplements their existing subsistence activities. Therefore an integrated rural development will be an inevitable path of success for the rural communities (Starkey, 2001).
It can be established It has been observed that untarred/seasonal roads and foot track dominates in the study area. Lack of good roads in the study has great negative impacts on the socio-economic activities of the rural communities. Studies has shown that improvement in transportation by given priority in road development will no doubt enhance the socio-economic activities of the study area thereby improving the well-being of the people in the area (Dakyes and Ogbuli, 2012).
Atubi and Onokala (2004b) pointed out that “in human geography, one of the most fundamental themes is spatial interaction. That spatial interaction involves the movement of goods and services and people between various centres in space. In general, when constructing or improving a road network where economical solution for one road link may not necessarily be the best solution for the network as a whole. That the cost of implementing one project to high standards may consume resources that would be better spent over the whole network, or in filling other gaps in the network with lower standard roads.
Furthermore, for any meaningful division of labour and specialization in production process to take place in any society (such as Okpe L.G.A of Delta state) there must be an efficient and effective means of transport (Atubi and Onokala 2004a). The various Feeder roads and paths are constructed to connect the interior parts of the region and this gives room or serve as an advantage to motorcycle (Okada) and tricycle (Keke napep) transport system in Okpe L.G.A of Delta State.
Rural areas in Okpe L.G.A of Delta State are characterized by poor roads. In virtually all the cases, these roads are perpetually in a state of despair. Yet, it is on these deplorable roads that the rural dwellers trek daily to obtain water, firewood, farm produce and also to secure services from such places as markets, schools and clinic (Okoko, 2011). Rural dwellers also rely on these poorly maintained roads to transport crops, raw materials and food stuff that are meant for consumption in the urban areas. Rural roads play a governing role in the development of rural areas. Research scholars are unanimous and unequivocal in their assertion that rural development is predicted on efficient rural transportation infrastructure (Idachaba 1981, Adeniji 2007; Ogunsanya and Ojetola, 1993; Oyekunle, 1995, and Ovbude, 2000).
The consensus reached by these scholars is that the inadequacy of rural transportation facilities is an insidious encumbrance to rural development. As Filani (2008) put it, “one of the major pre-requisites of efficient functioning of an area is the facility for the movement of people, people, goods and services quickly and economically” Ogunsany and Ojetola (1993) corroborate this, when they asserted that the need for transport arises in any economy that is distributed over space. Ademiluyi and Solanke (2002) vehemently adumbrated that adequate and efficient rural feeder road network serves as one of the channels for the collection and exchange of goods and services, movement of people and dissemination of information. They went further to over that rural roads are helpful in enhancing rural productivity as well as in strengthening the socio-economic, cultural and political fabrics and processes of the rural communities. To use their words, rural road provision forms intrinsic part of rural development strategies, serving as a mechanism and catalyst for rural transformation. Scholars have further established a close and positive relationship between improved rural transport and economic development (Levy, 2016, Ahmed and Hossian, 1990, Howe, 2011). Their contention is that improved rural accessibility and mobility are capable of reducing the level of poverty of rural people because the basic necessities of life such as health care delivery, education to them. Improved accessibility can reduce the degree of deprivation among rural settlements either within themselves or between them and the urban market (Olawale, Aloba, and Adetunji, 2010). As a result of these factors, there has been a tremendous demand for public transport in our towns and villages in recent years. It is against this background that this study is carried out to look intensively at the role of transport system in rural development using Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State as a case study.
1.2 Statement of Problem
One of the fundamental problems of man since antiquity is that of overcoming the friction of distance both in space and time. Man has been on the move from one place to another seeking for a means of survival. The emergence of modern means of transportation in the world and most importantly in developing countries like Nigeria has a remarkable influence on the socio-economic development of rural areas. Transportation to some in the urban settings is a choice not a concern (Dakyes and Ogbuli, 2012). However, in rural setting the availability of transportation is often limited if provided at all. Transportation enhances the process of economic growth in rural areas by making needed services available to rural dwellers. It has been discovered that the lack of good road in the Nigeria cities, town and villages makes it difficult for the people to access good markets for their farm produce as more than 86.6% of roads in the area are very bad. This was discovered to have affected the socio-economic activities of the people thereby increasing the level of poverty in the communities in Nigeria cities and villages (Dakyes and Ogbuli, 2012). Rural residents need to receive essential social services such as medical care, go to work, purchase food and household items, attend school events and access many other services just as their urban counterparts. However, frequent accessibility is restricted or limited because of the distance to those services and even when transportation is available, the transport networks are in bad condition. Most a times special needs that can be alleviated through medical facilities, social service, educational programmes are forgone because of distance to be travelled. Lack of good motorable roads in many rural areas in Nigeria has been the main hindrances to rapid development (Dakyes and Ogbuli, 2012). This affects maximum exploitation of natural resources, expansion of trade between communities, neglect on development of human resources which all result in isolation, and underdevelopment of the rural areas (Ahmed and Donovan, 2012). Todaro (1981), view development as a multi-dimensional process involving change in structure, habit attitude and institution as well as acceleration of economic growth. There is a significance relationship between transportation and development process. However, the nature of interaction is still a subject of debate between scholars who say development depends on many factors such as availability of resources and level of technology. In all, transportation is of great significance to development in any society. An efficient transportation system is in many ways, the bedrock of any social and economic system in terms of improving the quality of life for the common person. Owen (1987) and Kishiue, et al (2005), have demonstrated direct relationship between transport and development. He opined that the nations of the world may be divided into two groups: The mobile; and immobile. These two groups are categories into five stages as follows: Period of immobility and traditional society; Period of internal improvement and growth of trade; Period of greater mobility and higher standards of living reflected in transportation, mechanization and industrialization; Development of motorization and the new mobility; and the air-age and conquest (Ahmed and Donovan, 2012).
Roads are clearly a critical enabling condition for improving living conditions in rural areas. However, the distribution of socioeconomic benefits resulting from a rural road is a separate issue, and there are no guarantees or inherent mechanisms to ensure that these benefits will be distributed equitably between the poor and the non-poor in communities (Asian Development Bank, 2006).The rural areas suffer poor accessibility which in turn has strong negative effects on the people’s economic activities.
Most of the rural dwellers are farmers much of their farm produce are lost when they cannot be transported to the markets, cities and other urban centres (Starkey, 2001). This dampens their productive efforts and also restricts demand for food crops among villages. Since virtually all the villages are themselves food crop producers, the effect of this spatial restriction creates an artificial local glut. This therefore depresses prices of agricultural produce and has a very strong negative impact on the villagers. Transportation leads to economic development through the linkage of area of production with area of consumption (Abegunde et al, 2005).If an area increases accessibility due to increase in transportation a linkage, its market potential also increases. Transportation facilitates the movement of raw materials from rural areas to urban areas as well as the evacuation of finished goods to the consumer and reduces waste from over production and stabilizes prices. Recent studies show that Nigeria has had an improvement in road density but the concentration is mostly in the main town and most rural areas have remain inaccessible in the absence of roads, farm produce are lost and production reduced to a minimal level.
Aloba (2015) highlighted the nexus between rural transpiration and rural development and noted that no society can exist above subsistence level without a measure of improvement in its transport system. In his woods, where good surfaced roads are found in the rural areas, residents have reacted positively to the presence of such rural amenity by stepping up their productivity and the area under cultivation.
Rural settings have their own inalienable and unassailable peculiarities that distinguish them unmistakably from the urban settings. They are often characterized by lack of basic infrastructure like pipe-borne water, electricity, good road and other related infrastructural services. Rural transport is the provision of transport is the provision of transport facilities as well as short distance movements between an urban centre and the surrounding rural areas, between two rural settlements or between rural settlements and the farmlands that belong to them (Ademiluyi and Solanke, 2002). The conditions of most rural roads are often useful and their density is generally low when compared to inter-urban and intra-urban roads. Most of the rural roads are impassable during rainy seasons, due to this the affected communities are alienated from other neighbouring communities. Moreover, some of the vehicles that ply on roads are not road worthy and are also unlicensed. Consequently, they are generally slow, irregular, inefficient and unsafe (Aloba, 2013).
Motorized transport costs are usually very high during rainy season because of poor roads and incessant breakdown of vehicles. As Adeniji (2007) noted, the ability of agricultural and forest freight to absorb motorized transport costs varies according to the purpose and type of agricultural concerns are found to be more able to absorb public transport costs than the subsistence primary produces in the rural areas. As a result, a sizeable number of rural dwellers resort to head porterage, bicycles, land-draw carts, pick up vans and other forms of adapted or informed transport modes such as “to-fro” in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State in particular and Nigeria in general. Therefore, the study intends to address the problems which affect transportation system and rural development.
1.3 Aim and Objectives
The main of this study is to look intensively and truly point out the role of transport system in rural development: a case study of Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
However, the specific objectivities are to;
- Examine the various means of transport system in the study area.
- Examine the major problems of road transport in Okpe south Local Government Area of Delta State.
- Identify the role of transport system in the development of rural areas especially in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
- Examine the major cause (s) or roads accidents on urban and rural roads in the area.
- Ascertain the level of development of the rural areas in the study area.
- Proffer or suggest lasting solution (s) to the problems of transportation in the study area.
1.4 Research Questions
The following research question (s) will be asked in the study;
- What are the various means of transportation in the area?
- What are the major problems of road transport in the area?
- What role has transport system played in the development of rural areas?
- What are the major causes of road accident on urban/rural roads in the area?
- What is the level of development of the rural areas in the area?
- What do you think are the possible solution (s) to the problem of transportation in the area?
1.5 Research Hypothesis
The following null hypothesis will be tested in this study.
- Transport system has no significant impact on rural development in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
- Transport system has not played any significant role in the development in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
- There is no significant relationship between the causes of road accident on urban/rural road and the problems of transportation Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
1.6 Significance of the Study
The significance of this study is to look intensively at the role of transport system in rural development: a case study of Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. It will also afford the management of the transport system in the area and the problems resulting from poor network in rural areas.
This study will also address the problems of road transportation especially road accident which constantly pose serious threat to the lives of the rural dwellers since it has been observed that fatal accidents mostly occur on rural roads.
It is also hoped that this study will create awareness on the role of transport system in the development of rural areas and the level of development in the rural areas. It is also hoped that people in the area especially road users and commuters will take precautionary measures against road accidents from this study.
And lastly, it is hoped that the methodology and statistical analysis used in this study will provide a useful base for further researchers who might wish to carry out useful investigation in the area.
1.6 Study Area
The study area, Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State is located in the south-south geo-political and in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Okpe is one of the major Local Government Area that make up the 25 L.G.Ss of Delta State. It is mainly dominated by the Okpe language speaking ethnic group (Asagba, 2005). Okpe Kingdom comprises of 12 communities/villages. These villages are Oreropke, Elume, Amuokpokpo, Olan, Onoghro, Okuoke, Ogiedi, Inabome, Igbimidaka, Jakpa, Oyohe and Okwugbude. The study area will be discuss under the following sub-heading;
1.6.1 Location and Size
The present study are, Okpe lies between latitudes 503810011 North of the equator and longitudes 50541 0011 East of the Greenwich Meridian. Orerokpe is the headquarter of Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. Okpe is bounded in the North by Ethiope West and Sapele Local Government Areas, in the east by Ethiope East L.G.A, in the south by Ugheli South Local Government Area of Delta State and in the west by Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State (Asagba, 2005). Okpe kingdom shares boundaries with Oghara, Mosogar, Idjerhe, Agbarho, Agbon, Ughievwe and Uvwie communities.
The people of Okpe are mainly dominated by the Urhobo speaking dialect (Aweto, 2002). Okpe kingdom is the largest of the 23 Urhobo speaking territories and has a territory of about 500 square kilometer. Today Okpe Kingdom is divided into Opke and Sapele Local Government Areas. Okpe kingdom is a territory that used to be part of the original Okpe kingdom (Thomas, 2015). The region falls under the Okpe Kingdom whose traditional ruler is the Orodje of Okpe which was established in the 17th century. Till date the authority of the Orodje of Okpe still dominates other neigbouring communities such as Sapale (Asagba, 2005).
Okpe as an urban area has experienced a rapid increase in size over the years, due to the presence of various administrative offices, as a result of the presence of various ministries and government offices in the area. This attract people from surrounding area, to itself, because of its employment opportunities, thus resulting in over-crowding, increased demand for housing, pressure on available land resources, social infrastructures, etc (Thomas, 2015).
1.6.2 Relief and Drainage System
Okpe lies within the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, the area is characterized by heavy rainfall, high temperature and the resultant rainforest trees. The area is about 100-350 meters above sea level. About two third of the area is swampy and uninhabitable. Within this area, there are a number of elevated patches of land with streams and the popular Okpe River.
Okpe lies within the fresh water swamp forest region of Nigeria, where water is constantly supplied by heavy rainfall and rivers, evaporation is reduced to minimum by high relative humidity and drainage is rendered almost impossible by the level of the topography (Ilieoje, 1981). The implication of this is that whenever there is heavy rainfall, the runoff (water) and thus accumulates on the adjoining low lying terrain causing flood.
Okpe falls under the equatorial region that experiences rainfall throughout the year. The rainfall is well distributed, and there is no month without rain and there is a distinct dry season. Based on the information obtained from repeated studies Okpe and Delta State at large has an annual average rainfall distribution of about 2000mm-3000mm. During the rainy season, rainfall intensity and magnitude recorded falls between March to November with a short break in the month of August, while dry season last from Mid November to February (Asagba, 2005).
The temperature of the study area, observed in repeated studies disclose that there is a uniform temperature throughout the year. The mean monthly temperature is around 27.50c with little variation. Thus, the annual range temperature is 5.30c.
1.6.4 Vegetation and Soil
Okpe and its environ falls under the equatorial rainforest belt with tall trees (60m, 50m and 40m tall in height for upper, middle and lower layer/canopy respectively and luxuriant plants. The area has oil palms and raffia palms and the vegetation here is a typical rainforest with swamp in most areas. The area has numerous streams and rivers bordered by mangrove trees prominent among such rivers are Okpe River, Warri, River, Ethiope River, etc (Ilieoje, 1981).
Okpe is located in the zone of Alluvia soil, which is flood in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The soils types are muddy, grey in colour and usually water logged or poorly drained (Ilioje, 1981). The result of this soil type, is that it has a low rate of infiltration, thus during heavy precipitation, where rainfall intensity exceeds infiltration capacity water begin to accumulate on the soil surface and general high storm runoff which result into flooding. Furthermore, due to poorly drained soil, it often takes quits some time before flood water drains or dries off in the area, time some flood last for weeks or even months.
1.6.5 Socio-economic Activities
Okpe is a largekingdom in Nigeria having 128,398 inhabitants (Federal Bureau of statistics, 2007; National Population Census, 2016) andOrerokpe is the administrative headquarter of Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State (Thomas, 2015). Thisrapid increase in population exerted pressure on the vegetation cover exemplified by deforestation as demand for space increases in the face of competing needs (Thomas, 2015). This has resulted to flooding which have had adverse effect on the socio-economic activities of this increasing population. This has in turn affected the transport system in the rural areas through posing serious hindrance to transportation activities.
Land use within the town is not orderly and varies between residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural types with each dominating according to the perceived interest of the landowners. The land use type has obvious implications on the vegetation cover within and around its area of influence and could affect the transport system and socio-economic activities of the people through bad road network as envisaged in this study.
The inhabitants of this area are mostly engaged in commercial activities, while secondary and tertiary activities dominates the Okpe main town. The primary activities carried out in the area (which is the getting of raw materials through agricultural processes) covers all farming activities. The secondary activities include, the use of the raw materials been extracted to product finish goods. The use of cassava in processing of garri, palm fruits product in making of palm oil and the branches raffia palms for making brooms. Also a tertiary activities is the economic activities which take place in the area. These include skill such as hairdressing, tailoring, weaving, beading, furniture/carpentry, etc.
1.8 Scope and Limitation of the Study
The scope of this study was strictly based on the role of transport system in rural development in Okpe L.G.A of Delta State. And to offer suggestion(s) to the problems of transportation.
The scope of the study was initially designed to cover all the streets and communities/quarters in Okpe L.G.A. However, because of time and financial constraints, the scope was scaled down. In this regard only selected major quarters/ communities were covered in this study. The time was also short to carry out the research work coupled with academic work.
These limitations notwithstanding, the data generated from this study and research finding will be of invaluable assistance to the management of the rural transport system to enhance development in the rural areas.
Summary of Findings, Conclusion and Recommendations
5.1 Summary of Findings
This study was conducted to examine the role of transport system in rural development in Okpe L.G.A of Delta State. It has been observed that untarred/seasonal roads and foot track dominates in the study area. Lack of good roads in the study area has great negative impacts on the socio-economic activities of the rural communities. Studies has shown that improvement in transport system by given priority in road development will no doubt enhance the socio-economic activities of the study area thereby improving the well-being of the people in the area.
The reviewed literature showed that transport system have been faced with numerous problems due to poor road maintenance and bad road, lack of fund to construct good roads, poor road network. Government has been reluctant to road construction and community development. As a result of this, remote villages have become inaccessible especially during the rainy season. Though efforts have been made to address problems of transport system but all efforts made so far have proved abortive as the situation keep on worsen day by day.
In the course of gathering relevant information for this study, data were collected from two main sources; primary and secondary sources. The data obtained from the administration of questionnaire were analyzed. The use of tables, bar graphs and percentages formed the preliminary analysis for this study while the hypothesis formulated were tested using the Chi-Square method. The results of the findings indicated that transport system has a significant impact on rural development in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. The findings also reveals that transport system has played significant role in the development of Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. The findings reveals that there is a significant relationship between the causes of road accident on urban/rural road and the problems of transport system in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
The study concluded that transport systemhasa significant impact on rural development in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State since the X2 calculated value (51.501) is greater than the critical table value (31.410) at 0.05 level of confidence. The conclusion was also based on the fact that the model is significant at 0.05 level of significance indicating that the independent variable (transport system) has a greater impact on the dependent variable (rural development).
The study concluded that transport system has played significant role in the development of Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State since the X2 calculated value (36.306) is greater than the critical table value (31.410). The conclusion was also based on the fact that the model is significant at 0.05 level of significance indicating that transport system have played active role in the development of rural areas and have improved the socio-economic life of the inhabitants of the rural dwellers.
Finally, the study established the fact that that there is a significant relationship between the causes of road accident on urban/rural road and the problems of transport system in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State since the X2 calculated value (55.910) is greater than the critical table value (31.410) at 0.05 level of confidence. The conclusion is also based on the fact that there is a positive correlation between the causes of road accident on urban/rural road and the problems of transport system in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State since the model is significant at 0.05 level of significance.
The researcher recommended the following based on the findings obtained from the study;
The government and private organizations should organize public awareness programs on the dangers of inexperience driving alongside the positive role of transport system on rural development.
The government/private individuals should provide good road network,basic infrastructure such as rural electrification and power supply to the rural populace. Government should embark on maintenance and rehabilitation of existing roads.
The government should provide speed limit to regulate over speeding and prevent frequent road accident. The government should employ experienced and qualified drivers in the case of government owned transport companies.
The government should improve the transport system through the provision of basic amenities and community services. There should be improved traffic system to regulate driving speed especially when crossing busy roads.
Finally, the government should establish other transport unions other National Union of Road Transport Workers (NUTRW) to monitor road users and commuters especially when plying the rural roads and terminal points.
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