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Title:Rural Development in Eastern Nigeria: An Assessment of Colonial and Post Colonial Development Plans in the Former Owerri Province, 1946-1976
Author:Iwuagwu, Obi
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:rural development
development planning
History and Exploration
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Abstract:The genesis of lopsided development in eastern Nigeria is traceable to the colonial period. However, there exists a striking similarity between colonial policy, which exploited the resources of the colonial territory to develop the metropolis, and postindependence government policy, which exploited the agricultural and mineral resources of the countryside to develop the urban areas. Thus cities like Port Harcourt, Enugu, Onitsha, Aba, Calabar, Umuahia and Owerri blossomed with serious government presence, while the rural communities became poverty stricken owing to unemployment, neglect and infrastructural decay. As long as this biased development approach continues, Nigeria's rural communities will remain backward and unattractive, and this will in turn retard the national economy. Note, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]