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The impact of electricity infrastructure on rural development in Nigeria (1999-2015)

Shehu, Ahmed (2023) The impact of electricity infrastructure on rural development in Nigeria (1999-2015). Doctoral thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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The quest for development has increased the growing concern for adequate electricity infrastructure to keep up with the emergent demands of industries and individual consumers across the globe. However, most rural regions of the developing world lag in this important developmental goal. Consequently, the state of inadequate electricity infrastructure in the rural regions of Niger State, Nigeria. This has exposed the region to untold hardship in the aspect of power supply, poor income and absence of other basic social services. This negative scenario holds Nigeria back from competing favorably with other developing countries of the world, particularly the attainment of Nigeria’s perceived 2020 vision to become part of the top 20 big economies. In view of the emergent challenges and the limitations in literature on the nexus between electricity infrastructure and rural development in Niger state, this study emerged. This study also employs political will and good governance as moderating and mediating variables respectively. The study adopts a mixed methods approach. The quantitative approach involves the administration of questionnaires to 395 respondents selected across the rural areas of the three senatorial zones in Niger state. While the qualitative aspect involved nine informants comprising of political stakeholders, electricity officers and households. The quantitative findings reveal a significant relationship between electricity infrastructure and rural development. Among the eight direct relationships examined, five were significant, that is, electricity transition, good governance and political will, significantly affect rural development. Also, electricity distribution and electricity generation significantly influence good governance. For the moderating effect of political will, the finding showed that political will moderates the relationship between electricity transition and rural development. Whereas, the mediating effect of good governance was only established in the relationship between electricity distribution and rural development. Equally, the qualitative findings supported the findings that electricity infrastructure affects socio-economic development. The findings also indicated challenges that include corruption, improper monitoring and evaluation, lack of security, challenges in power supply, and effective strategy. The study, therefore, recommends the development of effective institutions to monitor and overcome the identified problems.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Supervisor : Yusoff @ Abdul Rahman, Mohd Nazaruddin
Item ID: 10829
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electricity generation, electricity transmission, electricity distribution, rural areas, development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor. > HD28-70 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Ghazali Shafie Graduate School of Government
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2023 02:59
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 02:59
Department: Ghazali Shafie Graduate School of Government
Name: Yusoff @ Abdul Rahman, Mohd Nazaruddin
URI: https://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/10829

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