THE ASSESSMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURAL INEQUALITY IN SELECTED COMMUNITIES OF AHIAZU MBAISE LGA, IMO STATE

C. Ukah, O. Ekanade

Abstract



Resources are unevenly distributed on the earth's surface. Some places have plenty of resources while some have little or none. And this calls for the need of this study concerning rural infrastructural inequality in terms of housing, pipe borne water, electricity and roads. This study assessed the infrastructural inequality in selected communities of Ahiazu Mbaise L.G.A of Imo State. Both primary and secondary data types were employed in the course of this study. Six communities out of the 21 communities in Ahiazu Mbaise L.G.A were purposively selected for this study. Three hundred and ninety-nine questionnaires were distributed out of which three hundred and eighty-eight were properly filled and returned and were used for the analysis. The result shows that water (69.8%) and housing (40.2%) were the only facilities that the people believed were available and functional. Only 5.2% of the respondents believed that the facilities in the communities were excellent, 19.3% agreed that the facilities were good, 51.8% opined that the facilities were poor while 23.7% indicated that the facilities were terrible. As regards the most needed infrastructural facilities in the communities, 77.6% of the people agreed that electricity is the most needed followed by roads (20.9%). The hypothesis which states that inadequacy does not exist in the infrastructural provision of Ahiazu Mbaise L.G.A was tested using multivariate analysis and the result shows that truly existed inadequacy in the infrastructural provision of Local Government Area (F(4,381) = 4.087, P > 0.05). It was recommended that the government should ensure that they extend their developmental programmes to reach all the nooks and corners of the rural areas not minding the proximity or remoteness of the place.

Keywords


Infrastructure, Inequality, Facilities, Availability, Functionality, Imo State.

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