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Nigeria faces risk of dying rural life, ageing rural population

A University Don and expert in Rural Development Communication, Professor Kolawole Adebayo has warned that Nigeria faces the risk of dying rural life, ageing rural population, increasing rural dependence on urban incomes, among other things should it continues to neglect rural development.

Prof Kolawole Adebayo,  a First Class degree alumnus and lecturer in the College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), who gave the warning while delivering the 52nd Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State on Wednesday April 20, 2016 at the University’s Ceremonial Building, also warned that continuing neglect of rural areas may lead to implosion in urban areas, placing heavy toll on urban infrastructure, aggravating the prevalence of urban slums.

In his lecture titled, “Mercenaries and Merchants: The Dialectics of Rural Development in Nigeria, “ Prof Adebayo, who is also the University’s Director, Grants of Management, explaining that “a nation can attain agricultural development without rural development, but it is difficult to achieve rural development without agricultural development,” said available statistics show that since 1964 Nigeria has been witnessing a steady decline in rural populations and a steady rise in urban populations.





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