RURAL & URBAN CHALLENGE
THE RURAL CHALLENGE
According to estimates, in 1960, 85% of Nigerians lived in rural areas. Today, the population of rural Nigeria has declined to 49%. The sharp depopulation is attributed to low access to basic infrastructure and amenities that support living in rural communities. The number will keep dropping in the coming years.
Nevertheless, Rural Nigeria still presents the highest economic opportunities. Agriculture, mineral resources, oil and gas all originate from rural areas of the country. To address the above challenge, all tiers of government are prioritizing infrastructural development to effectively promote poverty alleviation in rural Nigeria. This initiative will further guaranty youth development and employment to stem seasonal and permanent migration to urban areas.
THE URBAN CHALLENGE
With the massive increase in Rural Urban Nigeria, over 50% of the Nigerian population is now in the urban areas. The migration has been greatly influenced by the notion that cities and towns have achieved better economic, political and social mileages compared to rural areas. This trend is expected to continue and will impact negatively on the inadequate infrastructure in urban areas.
Government at all levels are now geared towards improving current urban infrastructure deficit. To close this infrastructure gap, private companies will play a pivotal role. Shiyuma Nigeria Limited is positioned to work with all levels of Government to achieve this target.