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Title:Transportation and regional development: a case study of industrial development in Northern Nigeria
Author:Inyang, S.I.
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:industrial development
road transport
Abstract:This paper examines the relationship between the presence of transport facilities (as measured by highway connectivity) and industrial development in Northern Nigeria. The analysis is conducted at two levels - the disaggregate and the aggregate. At the aggregate level, indexes of network connectivity are related to levels of industrial development within states. The analysis at the disaggregate level examines the relationship between industrial development and the indexes of nodal accessibility. The ordinary least squares (OLS) method is used in the analysis. One major finding of the study is that the presence of transport facilities plays a positive role in industrial development at both the aggregate and disaggregate levels. Transport itself does not seem to be too significant in determining industrial development at the aggregate level. At the disaggregate level, the presence of transport facilities (as measured by nodal accessibility) seems to be a significant determinant of industrial development. The conclusion is that road network development should be encouraged since it positively influences industrial development. The construction of roads, however, should take place in an area where there is potential for industrial development. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]