RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES; HOW ACTIVE ARE YOUTH IN AKINYELE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF OYO STATE, NIGERIA (Published)
The research examines Youth Participation in Rural Development Programme in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria. A total of 110 respondents were selected for study through multistage random sampling techniques. Simple descriptive statistics such as frequency counts and percentage as well as inferential statistics such as Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) were used to analyze data collected. Result of analysis shows that majority of the respondents were between 21-30 years, male (53.6%), married (70.9%) and had formal education (81.9%). Majority (84.5%) contributed money, time, material and labour to rural development programmes. The programmes participated in includes; construction of town hall (2.43), construction of market stall (2.40), and construction of bus stop (2.31). Half (51.8%) of the respondents participated moderately in community development programmes. Constraints faced by respondents were poor leadership style (80.9%), inadequate funding (76.4%), lack of incentive (71.8%) among other. The result of PPMC analysis reveals that there is significant relationship between level of participation and; occupation (r=0.434, p=0.05), membership of social organization (r=0.267, p=0.05), educational level (r=0.403, p=0.05) and years of residence (r=0.342 p=0.05). The study therefore is concluded that youth participation in community development programmes was moderate in the study area. There is need to empowered youth financially to enable them complement government efforts in rural development programmes.