Statement of the Problem
Industrialization is a major development initiative that brings about
massive development to a community be it rural or urban. With
establishment of an industry the people stand to benefit in the way jobs
are created security is provided, infrastructural development arrives
and there is a general improvement in the welfare of the people.
In the same vain, the community stand at a risk in being
affected in numerous other ways. In Gboko local government area of Benue
state. The citing of a cement factory in Yandev i.e Benue Cement
Company Plc has polluted the land around the cement plant. The pollution
in the form of limestone dust, has made the land to be in a state where
its cultivation for agricultural purpose has become impossible. The
dust is seen on trees and grasses around the factory and the fact that
grasses are not greenish i.e. a sign of good condition is an indication
that cropping activities would not be fruitful.
Government policy is another important factor impacting on
the industrial development of Gboko Local Government area of Benue
State. Certain government policies like privatization of government
owned properties may bring about massive retrenchment of workers. This
was the case when the Benue Cement Company was privatized to the Dangote
Group of companies. The new management opted to import labour from
other states thereby neglecting the people who were employed by the
former administrations. This affected the workers who were owed heavily
and had to cope with being unemployed.
Corruption affects the industrial development of Gboko
heavily to officials of companies often syphon finds meant for
development of the companies. Benue Cement Company was bankrupted by
poor management by indigenes of the state. Company cars, housing
properties shares have been sold for personal use by selfish
Objectives of the Study
The ultimate objectives of this study are;-
i. To determine the benefits of industrialization to the Gboko Local Government community.
ii. To find out how lives of people living in Gboko Local Government can be improved through industrialization.
iii. To find out why Gboko Local Government is not yet industrialized.
iv. To highlight the methods of encouraging industrialization in Gboko Local Government area
- Will there be a significant difference in the employment
opportunities available when Gboko Local Government is industrialized.
- Will industrialization improve the lives of people living in Gboko Local Government area?
Definition of Concepts
The following terminologies and abbreviations used in the study are explained below.
Industrialization: Is the period of social and economic change that
transforms a human group from an agrarian society into an industrial
one, involving the extensive re-organization of an economy for the
purpose of manufacturing.
Development: Refers to the physical quality of life index.