Rural Development, A Means Of Combating Rural Urban Migration

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Rural Development, A Means Of Combating Rural Urban Migration


Abstract.


This study was carried out to determine the effect of rural development on rural urban migration. The study was guided by the specific objectives; To determine whether rural development can serve as a panacea for rural urban migration, To find out the socio-economic causes of rural urban migration, To determine the implications of rural urban migration on rural development, To identify measures put in place for rural development by government. The study employed the survey research design; questionnaires in addition to library research were applied in order to collect data. Primary and secondary data sources were used and data was analyzed which was presented in frequency tables and percentage. The respondents under the study were 50 respondents of Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State. The study findings revealed that Rural development can serve as a means of combating rural urban migration. Lack of basic infrastructure, poverty and illiteracy has been identified as the major causes of rural urban migration. Overpopulation, unemployment, poor standard of living have been identified has the consequences of rural urban migration. Government intervention is needed in the area of provision of infrastructure in rural area to enhance rural development and discourage rural urban migration. This study will help beam the searchlight on rural development and its substantive effect in combating rural urban migration in Nigeria.


Table of Contents


Chapter One

Introduction

  • 1.1 Background of the Study
  • 1.2 Statement of General Problem
  • 1.3 Objective of the Study
  • 1.4 Research Questions
  • 1.5 Hypothesis
  • 1.6 Significance of the Study
  • 1.7 Scope of the Study
  • 1.8 Definition of Terms

Chapter Two

Review of Related Literature

  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.1 Meaning of rural development
  • 2.1.1 The Principles of Rural Development
  • 2.1.2 Challenges of Rural Development
  • 2.1.3 Rural Development; the Nigerian Situation
  • 2.2 Meaning of rural urban migration
  • 2.2.1 Factors Affecting Rural-Urban Migration
  • 2.2.2 Consequences of Rural Urban Migration
  • 2.2.3 Measures to Combat Rural Urban Migration
  • 2.3 Review of related literature

Chapter Three

Research Methodology

  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Research Design
  • 3.3 Area of the Study
  • 3.4 Population of Study
  • 3.5 Sample size and Sampling Techniques
  • 3.6 Instrument for Data Collection
  • 3.7 Validity of the Instrument
  • 3.8 Reliability of the Instrument
  • 3.9 Method of Data Collection
  • 3.10 Method of Data Analysis

Chapter Four

Data Presentation and Analysis

  • 4.0 Introduction
  • 4.1 Data Presentation and Analysis
  • 4.2 Characteristics of the Respondents
  • 4.3 Data Analysis
  • 4.4 Testing Hypothesis
  • 4.5 Summary of Findings
  • 4.6 Discussion of Findings

Chapter Five

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.0 Introduction
  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2 Conclusion
  • 5.3 Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix

Chapter One


1.0 Introduction

1.1 Background

Rural areas are a key sector in every nation’s economy and their rapid development and modernization have gained the attention of policy makers and governments all over the world. This is because a sizeable majority of the population lives therein therefore; the future of the country depends largely on it.

The American Bureau of Census classifies a group of people living in a community having a population of not more than 2,500 people as rural, whereas in Nigeria, the Federal Office of Statistics defines a community with less than 20,000 people as rural. According to Afolayan (1995), rural areas can be easily identified by various criteria, apart from population. Such criteria include the level of infrastructural development i.e. road networks, educational institutions, water supply, electricity, health facilities, communication, etc. Other criteria used include Occupation, Housing, Extent of community planning etc.

Typically, rural dwellers are less vocal, characterized by a culture of poverty, as most people live barely above subsistence level (Laah et al, 2013). Rural areas in developing countries are usually deprived of the basic needs of life such as housing, medical care, postal communication, education, transport etc.

Specifically, rural areas refer to geographical areas that lie outside the densely built-up environment of towns, cities and the sub-urban villages and whose inhabitants are engaged primarily in agriculture as well as the most basic of rudimentary form of secondary and tertiary activities (Ezeah, 2005). Rural area, which is the opposite of an urban area, refers to the country side whose population engages mainly in primary production activities like agriculture, fishing, and rearing of livestock (Ele, 2006). About 90 percent of the rural labour workforce engages directly or indirectly in agriculture (Nyagba, 2009).

The rural sector of Nigeria is, very vital to the socio-economic development of the nation. According to Nyagba (2009), the most important sector of the Nigerian population is the rural areas. This is because the rural sector is the major source of capital formation for the country and a principal market for domestic and raw materials for industrial processes (Ugwuanyi and Emma, 2013). Rural area dwellers have been found to engage in primary economic activities that form the foundation for the country’s economic development (Abah, 2010).

Given the contributions of the rural sector to the national economy, enhancing the development of the sector should be central to government and public administration. This is necessary as such would further enhance the ability of the sector for increased contribution to the overall national growth and development. In most countries, development is most desirous in the rural areas where bulk of the population resides. The development of rural areas signals to a greater extent the level of national development and the situation of the nations in the development ladder.

Rural development has therefore been described in different ways by different authors, depending on the discipline or line of thought. This is because the approach to rural development is multidisciplinary. According to Aslam (1981) rural development is a process aimed at developing the rural poor, their economy and institutions from a state of stagnation or low productivity equilibrium into dynamic process leading to higher levels of living and better quality of life. Similarly, Schumacher (1983) defined rural development as developing the skill of the masses to make them self-reliant through instructions which supply appropriate and relevant knowledge on the methods of self-help. Rural development is a strategy which is designed to improve the economic and social life of a specific group of people, the rural poor.

It involves extending the developmental strides and benefits people who seek a livelihood in the rural areas such as small-scale farmers, tenants etc in order to improve their means of livelihood and mitigate the massive rural urban migration (Aliy, 1999). Rural-urban migration occurs at varying levels in every country. However, the challenges and prospects of rural development in Nigeria have been of great concern to the different tiers of government due to the rate of rural-urban migration.

Different motives account for rural urban migration amongst rural dwellers such as socio-cultural issues where people are forced to migrate to avoid numerous social problems at their place of origin (Agyemang, 2013), poor infrastructural development and lack of basic amenities, search for better economic opportunities such as jobs etc. Accessibility and ease of transportation and communication has also been noted to facilitate rural urban migration, this view is based on the extension of road networks from major towns to peripheral-urban and rural areas that resulted in the decrease in transportation cost and improved communication systems.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

Given the contributions of the rural sector to the national economy, enhancing the development of the sector should be priority to government and relevant stakeholders. This is necessary as such would further enhance the ability of the sector for increased contribution to the overall national growth and development. Unfortunately, over the years, the development strategies and efforts in Nigeria has been more urban based resulting in the relative neglect of rural areas as evidenced by the dearth of basic infrastructure in the rural areas such as good roads, well equipped and functional hospitals, electricity, pipe borne water etc (Abah, 2010).

Abonyi and Nnamani (2011) also noted that rural poverty persists in Nigeria despite the prosperity created by the country’s oil wealth as evidenced by the difficulty experienced in getting basic daily needs such as food, water and shelter. Lack of these basic life needs in the rural areas has made a number of rural dwellers migrate to urban centres with high hopes of improving their standard of living. According to Abah (2010), the deplorable condition of the Nigerian rural sector is emphatic and more worrisome is that even the few policies and programs put in place and implemented by government over the years have not resulted in significant improvement in the development of the rural areas in Nigeria (Ezeah, 2005).

Incessant and excessive rural urban migration has brought about a lot of socio-economic difficulties both in the rural and urban areas. McCarthy (2004), opined that ‘excessive urbanization leads to high rate of urban congestion, crime and poor infrastructure such as proper sewage disposal system, safe and portable drinking water, electricity and other amenities, chronic unemployment with the attendant creation of large slums and Shanty towns’. Many developing countries including Nigeria have made several attempts to resolve these problems of rural underdevelopment and desertion. In Nigeria, from the Colonial period till date, successive administrations have tried to reform the rural areas where over 75% of Nigerians live in for the sake of attaining balanced growth and development, and discourage rural-urban migration, to no avail (Omonigho, 2013). According to Nwakeze (2004), the Nigerian population is growing at an annual rate of 2.8 percent that of the urban population is growing at 5.5 percent, it is pertinent to note that this rate is among the highest in the world today. This therefore calls for urgent measures to be taken towards fast tracking rural development to reduce urban population explosion.


1.3 Aim and Objectives

The general objective of this study is to determine the effect of rural development on rural urban migration. The specific objectives are;

  1. To determine whether rural development can serve as a panacea for rural urban migration
  2. To find out the socio-economic causes of rural urban migration
  3. To determine the implications of rural urban migration on rural development
  4. To identify measures put in place for rural development by government

1.4 Research Questions

  1. Can rural development serve as a panacea to rural urban migration?
  2. What are the socio-economic causes of rural urban migration?
  3. What are the consequences of rural urban migration on rural development?
  4. What measures are put in place by government to develop the rural areas?

1.5 Hypotheses

In order to enable the researcher assess the effect of rural development in combating rural urban migration in Nigeria, the following hypotheses will be tested:

  • Ho: Rural development does not have any influence on rural urban migration in Nigeria.
  • HA: Rural development has an influence on rural urban migration in Nigeria

1.6 Significance of the Study

This study will help beam the searchlight on rural development and its substantive effect in combating rural urban migration in Nigeria. The study seeks to find out the socio-economic and cultural causes of rural-urban migration in the study area and its implications on rural development with respect to the study area; this will help in highlighting strategies adopted by the community members to cope with the situation and what can be done to curb the situation.

This research study will also help reveal the extent of the problem to relevant stakeholders so that they can rise to the occasion and put in measures to develop the rural areas in order to reduce rural urban migration. Finally, this research work will add to the existing body of knowledge on the importance of rural development in combating rural urban migration in Nigeria.


1.7 Scope of Study

This study will cover rural development and its impact on combating rural urban migration in Nigeria with special reference to the actual influence it has on the socio-economic activities and lives of rural dwellers, causes of rural-urban migration and measures put in place by relevant stakeholders to combat the menace of rural urban migration in the study area. The study will also cover all the rural areas and incidence of rural urban migration in Nigeria.


1.8 Definition of Terms

Rural Area:

A geographical area located outside cities and towns with a relatively low population density and small settlements.

Migration:

Movement of people across a specified boundary for the purpose of establishing a new or semi-permanent residence.

Rural Development:

The process of improving the quality of life and economic well being of people living in relatively isolated and

Rural Urban Migration:

Is a process of population shift from rural areas to urban areas with attendant increase in proportion of people living in urban areas.

Infrastructure:

Basic physical and organizational structures and facilities needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.


Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations

5.0 Introduction

This chapter gives an overview of the study making a quite summary of findings, conclusion of the result and further recommendations.


5.1 Summary of Findings

The rationale of the study which was to examine if rural development can serve as a means for combating rural urban migration which was exhaustively introduced in chapter one laying emphasis on the background of the study, statement of the problem, the purpose of the study, significance of the study, research questions, limitation of the study, definition of terms.

The chapter two which was the review of related literature was introduced and meanings of rural development, urban-rural migration, causes of rural urban migration, level of rural development in Nigeria and ways to combat rural urban migration were comprehensively discussed and in details.

The procedure and methods used in conducting the research were spelt out in chapter three.

Chapter four gives the results and the interpretation of data collected, in form of response to the interview conducted by the researcher.


5.2 Conclusion

This study has attempted to study rural development as a means of combating rural urban migration. The results obtained following investigation during this research revealed that:

  1. Rural development can serve as a means of combating rural urban migration.
  2. Lack of basic infrastructure, poverty and illiteracy has been identified as the major causes of rural urban migration.
  3. Overpopulation, unemployment, poor standard of living have been identified has the consequences of rural urban migration.
  4. Government intervention is needed in the area of provision of infrastructure in rural area to enhance rural development and discourage rural urban migration.

5.3 Recommendations

Consequent upon the findings from the data analysis, this study recommends that government should encourage the drift of people to rural areas by making available such amenities that would encourage the stay of the migrants. Also, migrants should be encouraged to form themselves into cooperative societies which can be used to attract the attention of the Government or Nongovernmental organizations to establish different cottage industries in the rural areas. This encouragement would enhance rapid rural development and bring the rural communities to the mainstream of national development.


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