Youth Participation in Rural Community Infrastructural Development in Gombi Local Government Area Adamawa State, Nigeria

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume IV, Issue V, May 2020 | ISSN 2454–6186

Youth Participation in Rural Community Infrastructural Development in Gombi Local Government Area Adamawa State, Nigeria

Garandi, I. D., Hassan, S. T. (Ph.D), Hyelnacha, B. A.
Department of Geography, Adamawa State University’ Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria

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Abstract:- This research assessed the contributions of youth in rural community infrastructural development in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State. For the purpose of this research, 200 questionnaires were administered to respondents in five (5) selected wards of the study area on the principle of stratified random sampling techniques. Descriptive statistics was used for analysis and presentation of data collected. The findings of the study indicate that youth participation in rural community infrastructural development played a significance role in the process of rural community infrastructural development. The findings further revealed that most of the projects undertaken in the communities are done through team work which shows that youth participation are playing great role in all aspect of life in rural areas. However, there are some problems hindering the full efforts of the youths in the area with regards to finance and assistance while trying to conduct any developmental project. The research recommends that there should be unity and mutual assistance among community members to encourage youth participation in rural community infrastructural development particularly in the study area. Members of rural communities should advise the youths of the various communities to join youth organizations so that development will take place rapidly.

Keywords: Rural, Youth, Development, Communities, Infrastructure

I. INTRODUCTION

Country’s progress and development depends to some extent on the growth, modernization and development of some rural areas because without sound rural development, there will be no balance on national economic development. Any change must connote with progress and must result to the up liftmen of the quality of human life. However, rural community infrastructural development is also important in the direction of self-help (Akubuilo, 1990).
Farinde (1999) defined youth as the time a person’s latent powers and attributes are developed to their highest potential, also when intellect is at its sharpest and energy is at its promising. Rural youths are both young male and female between the ages of 15-30, who own their existence and identity to the rural areas and whose family life depends directly on agriculture that is those who live and function in rural setting (Jibowo et. al, 1988).