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Rural-Urban Migration And Agricultural Development In Nigeria

Iruonagbe, C. T. (2009) Rural-Urban Migration And Agricultural Development In Nigeria. Arts and Social Sciences International Research Journal, 1 (1).

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Dliven by the lack of opportunities for remunerative "wk, despairing of even the most minimal social amenities, and dreading the prospect of a life time of back breaking labour for pitifully meager economic rewards, hundreds of thousands of young men and women abandon the countryside and migrate to the cities. This paper therefore examinL this trend of events and the multiplier effects as peO];j~ move from the countryside to the cities in search of white collar jobs and the severe effects this has had on agricultural production in rural Nigeria. The study is both exploratory and descriptive using both content analysis and survey research involving descriptive statistics and chi-square analysis. The findings revealed that ruralurban migration is selective of age, marital status, and educational background while the primary reason for the movement is to better themselves economically. Also, that the massi ve influx of people to the urban centres is due to the dearth in rural infrastructure and economic opportunities and the neglect suffered by the agricultural sector. The position of this paper is that more proactive measures be adopted in rural infrastructural development. It further recommends that government should adopt and enforce policies that will create the enabling environment for rural transformation and agricultural development in Nigeria, especially in terms of policy formulation, articulation and implementation that would eventually enhance the living conditions of rural dwellers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2011 00:31
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2011 21:14

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