Democracy and Development in Rivers State of Nigeria


  • Godly Otto Department of Economics Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt
  • Wilfred I Ukpere Department of Industrial Psychology & People Management, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Democracy is popularly defined as the government of the people by the people for the people. In other words, it is a peoples’ government informed by the majority for the interest of the greatest number in society. Such a government must therefore aspire to improve the welfare of the greatest number in society to remain relevant. Nigerians clamoured for the return to democratic governance for a long time and that clamour was not without conflicts and injuries. However, since 1999, democracy has been in the country and currently is about 13 years old. The question is: are the expectations being realized? This work compares the pre-democratic and democratic dispensations in Rivers State using the unbalanced growth theory. The work observed that the cost of democracy in Nigeria at this time is relatively high compared to the military era. There is a need for more efficiency in governance in Nigeria now.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n1p243


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Democracy and Development in Rivers State of Nigeria. (2014). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(1), 243.