Authors: Raji Abdullateef1 & Muhammed Abubakar Yinusa2 & Mohmoh Musa Danjuma 3 & Sulaiman Lanre Abdul-Rasheed4 & Raji Abdulwasiu Adeyemi5
1Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
2Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
3Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
4Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
5School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia
Abstract: The current troubles facing the Nigerian economy seem insurmountable. Should we speak of the current recession or the oil crash experienced in the international market? Should the case of oil-pipe vandalization as well as that of insurgency be breached? We could as well debate on the fall of the naira as against the US dollars and other recognized currencies in the international market. This could go on and on. It is as a consequence of this that this study tried to look at the central position of rural communities in finding lasting solutions to these economic woes. The utilitarian theory was employed in examining the phenomenon. The study revealed that rural areas can go a long way to advance the Nigerian economy if properly taken care of but if the current underuse of rural resources continues, the economy could be derailed. It is therefore recommended that renewed efforts should be made to explore the resources available in rural areas in order to tremendously increase the wealth of the nation as soon as possible.
Keywords: Rural, Economy, Home, Nigeria
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