Investigating the Roles Played by Selected Agencies in Infrastructure Development

Investigating the Roles Played by Selected Agencies in Infrastructure Development

Ayobami Abayomi Popoola (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) and Hope Hangwelani Magidimisha (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 31
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2306-3.ch014

Abstract

Urban areas that are the seat of power, cities, and capital cities are often the location and base of administration where policy allocations take place and the needs of settlements are discussed and met. Therefore, rural infrastructure needs are at the mercy of urban spaces decision making. This chapter proposes and attempts to purposively select some public agencies and examine their roles in balancing the urban-rural infrastructural dichotomy. The relevance of international donors in the efficiency of the public agency was also incorporated. The study further questions the success of some of these agencies and the mode of operation of these agencies at arriving at an improved infrastructure provision for the rurally excluded.
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Study Methods And Materials

This study is based on a mixed method approach which includes both qualitative and quantitative data. Qualitative data capturing techniques which included data from primary and secondary sources were used. Primary data was gathered through field observation and In-depth interviews. The interview was conducted with officers of the Department of Agriculture, Officials of Oyo State’s Agricultural Development Programme, Oyo State’s Community and Social Development Project (OYCSDP) and selected community dwellers within Oyo State. Interviews conducted were analyzed using Thematic Content Analysis. This study is not a problem-solving study, but rather a thinking/conceptual paper into the roles played by these agencies in the infrastructure development of rural areas in Nigeria towards the improved service delivery in the rural space. Secondary data for this study were sourced from reports, monographs, online and offline publications as relating to the success stories and limitation of these agencies in rural infrastructure delivery.

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