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Title:The impact of a spatially polarised pattern of investment in backward rural regions: a case study of Benin city, Warri and Sapele, Nigeria
Author:Ighalo, J.I.
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:regional development
rural-urban disparity
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Economics, Commerce
Private investment
Public investment
rural areas
economic development
Abstract:This paper examines both theoretically and empirically the impact on backward rural regions of a spatially polarized pattern of private and public investment. A growth centre model is used as the theoretical framework and the nature, pattern and periodicity of linkage between major urban centres and the backward regions is examined to establish whether growth in such regions is enhanced or limited by the rapid development of the major urban centres. The study focuses upon three urban industrial centres, namely Benin City, Warri and Sapele in Bendel State, Nigeria, and uses, amongst others, original survey material from 1981 to show that polarized development generally denudes backward regions of their most productive assets, does not create additional demands for their products and does not aid the process of structural adaptation. The policy implications of these findings are considered in a concluding section. Ref.