The Role of Ministry of Rural Development in the Promotion of Community Development in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Enefiok E. Ibok, Ekpe N. Akpanim


Community development issue has taken centre stage in the developmental needs of rural communities in the third world countries especially in Africa. The establishment of community development association has made it easier for people to participate in the development of their communities. In Nigeria, and Akwa Ibom State in particular this need is not new as it has existed as far back as 1928 with the formation of Ibibio union before it was formalized in 1948. However, it was observed that at a certain point, the issue of community development was relegated to the background as people focus was shifted from that of the good of the community to themselves, waiting for government to provide the needed social and economic infrastructure. In 1999, the government of Akwa Ibom State saw the need to rekindle the spirit of community participation in development via Community Development Associations thus established Ministry of Rural Development. The study therefore examined the role of the Ministry of Rural Development in promoting community development in the State. The study adopted a historical as well as descriptive approach in data collection. The study therefore revealed that, community development has contributed tremendously to the developmental stride in the state. Also, that the ministry serves as a clearing house to these associations thereby instilling confidence in their members. The study further revealed that the ministry has not only streamlined these associations, but has also repositioned them for effective performance.  Based on these, the study recommended that any project embarked upon by these associations should impact positively on the entire community’s, economic and social wellbeing. Also, community’s development projects should be directed toward the development of individuals and groups of individuals for wealth creation and economic empowerment.

Keywords: Rural Development, community development, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

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