International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research (ISSN 2347-4289)

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International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research  
International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research

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ISSN 2347-4289

Socio - Economic Implications Of Climate Seasonality: A Comparative Assessment Of Road Transport Inequalities Between Rural And Urban Areas

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Chukwudi Nwaogu, Modupeola A. Olawoyin, Samuel K. Ahado, Edwin Wallace, Richard Gardiner



Socio-economics, Road transport, climate seasonality, rural-urban drift, ECOWAS.



Road transport is the oldest, most affordable and commonly used means of movement. The socioeconomic development of nations depends on it. In spite its benefits, it is still characterized with several setbacks in the developing countries. Though climatic forces are causative factors in this inadequacy but human negligence is also responsible. This study compared the impacts of climate seasonality and road transport inequalities on the socio-economic indices between the rural and urban areas vis-ŕ-vis north and southern parts of West-Africa. 1,440 individual respondents were surveyed across six English-speaking countries of West Africa. The results revealed that significant differences exited on the roads conditions, transport costs-services and socioeconomic activities between the rural and urban areas as well as north and south due to climatic variations and government developmental inequalities. The study is an `eye-opener‘ for the government in each country to give more attention to rural roads development. The recommendations of this research will support the improvement of rural livelihood and reduce rural-urban drift challenges; hence promote the economic consolidation and diversification of the region. Subsequent studies on effects of climatic variations and poor roads on the intra-inter economic relations of the region is recommended.



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