Understanding Local Attitudes to the Utilization of Public Infrastructure Services: The Case of Rural Electricity Services in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages: 114-120
Received: Aug. 4, 2014; Accepted: Aug. 14, 2014; Published: Aug. 30, 2014
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Nseabasi S. Akpan, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
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Abstract
This paper examines local attitudes to the utilization of public electricity services in rural Nigeria using Akwa Ibom State as a case study. The idea is anchored on the broad theoretical and empirical discourses on the relationship between public infrastructure and development. A wide range of study approaches, including observation and physical monitoring, random and purposive interviews and personal backgrounds of research and development project implementation experiences in the study area, was utilized. Findings showed that electricity coverage for rural areas is not only low, its utilization scope was equally low and limited. This was attributed to poverty, a lack of economic specialization, limited exposure and knowledge of community members to a range of electricity service application channels. It was equally discovered peoples’ attitudes to public electricity services boiled down to the usual attitudes of seeing public infrastructure services as ‘freebies’. Implications on cost recovery and sustainability have been discussed with necessary recommendations.
Keywords
Public Power Infrastructure, Electricity, Attitudes, Utilization, Rural Nigeria
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Nseabasi S. Akpan, Understanding Local Attitudes to the Utilization of Public Infrastructure Services: The Case of Rural Electricity Services in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2014, pp. 114-120. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20140204.14
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