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The study examines the role of infrastructure development in national economic
growth. A model was specified for the purpose and secondary quarterly data was
collected for the period 2000-2010. The objective of this research was primarily to
investigate the level of telecom infrastructure development on the Nigeria
economy. Statistical technique of ordinary least square (OLS ) was employed for
the estimation. Our result shows that developments in telecommunications sector
provided by teledensity have positive and significant impact on economic growth
in Nigeria. We recommend that increased infrastructure development in the
telecommunications sector, and greater deregulation for competition among
operations will bring about sustained economic growth.
Title page – – – – – – – – – – i
Approval page – – – – – – – – – ii
Dedication – – – – – – – – – – iii
Acknowledgement – – – – – – – – iv
Abstract – – – – – – – – – – v
Table of content – – – – – – – – – vi
1.1 Background of the study – – – – – – 1
1.2 Significance of the study – – – – – – 2
1.3 Objectives of the study – `- – – – – – 4
1.4 Statement of the problem – – – – – – 4
1.5 Research Question – – – – – – – 5
1.6 Methodology and data Source – – – – – 5
1.7 Scope and Limitations of the Study – – – – – 6
1.8 Definitions of terms – – – – – – – 7
LITERATURE REVIEW – – – – – – – 10
2.1 Theoretical Literature – – – – – – – 10
2.2 Empirical Literature – – – – – – – 19
3.1 Introduction – – – – – – – – – 28
3.2 Research Design – – – – – – – – 28
3.3 Model Specification – – – – – – – 29
3.4 Method of Evaluation – – – – – – – 30
3.5 Data Required and Sources – – – – – – 31
4.1 Data Presentation and Analysis – – – – – 32
4.2 Evaluation of Result Based on Economic Criteria – – 33
4.3 Evaluation based on statistical criterion – – – – 34
4.4 Evaluation based on econometric criterion – – – – 37
5.1 Summary of Major Findings – – – – – – 40
5.2 Recommendations – – – – – – – – 40
5.3 Conclusion – – – – – – – – 41
Bibliography – – – – – – – – 42
Appendix – – – – – – – – – 42
It takes little analysis to see that infrastructure plays a major role in the economy of
a country, whether developing or developed. The need for good infrastructure
management is of great importance to the economics of countries all over the
world and the various sectors of the economy need to be understood. The world is
fast becoming a global village and a necessary tool for this process is
communication of which telecommunication is a key elements. Development in the
telecommunication industry all over the world is very rapid as one innovation
replaces another in a matter of weeks.
Nigeria is part of this race for rapid developments, as the years of economic
reversal via mismanagement have had adverse effects ton its rate of growth and
development. The Nigeria telecommunications sector was grossly underdeveloped
before the sector was deregulated under the military regime in 1992 and placed
under the jurisdiction of the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) since
then, the NCC has issued various licenses to private telephone operators. These
licenses allow private telephone operators (PTO) to roll out both fixed wireless
telephone lines and analog mobile phones. The return of democracy in 1990
however paved the way for the granting of GSM licenses to three service
providers, MTN, ECONET (which is now AIRTEL) and NITEL Plc in 2001 with
GLOBACOM joining in 2003. Telecommunication is a major driver of any
economy infrastructure which is therefore regarded as a vital instrument in
ensuring economic development. Attention this work would be focused on this
area of Endeavour, as it appears to be one of the most neglected areas of economic
development goals in most countries today.
The provision of infrastructure services to meet the demands of business,
household and other users is one of the major challenges of economic
The provision of economic infrastructure can expand the productive capacity
of the economy by increasing the quantity and quantity of such infrastructure. The
transformation curve or the production possibility frontier or curve would shift
with the expansion of the economic infrastructural base, thereby accelerating the
rate of economic development and enhancing the pace of socio-economic
development. Better management of economic infrastructure would have positive
output, income and employment effects on the economy. Moreover, it will impact
directly on the poor, thus reducing poverty. Education as well as
telecommunication is a very important source of economic growth. It is also an
economic investment since it enhance the stock of human capital.
Road infrastructure has been found to be a significant factor of economic
growth and development. The development of seaports as an economic
infrastructure assumes that like roads, communications and other economic
infrastructure ports have a positive impact on the growth and developments of
countries. Without ports the Americans might not have been easily explored.
Today, the United States of America is one the leading economic global power.
Seaports are an economic infrastructure with significant multiplier effects on the
domestic economy. Infrastructure will provide benefits to rich and poor equally
because of the non-exclusionary nature of the consumption of public goods and
services it provides. To the extent that infrastructure improves the quality of life
for the poor; the development of infrastructure is likely to alleviate poverty.
The following are the objectives of this study:
(a) To analyze the effectiveness of infrastructure policies in the country.
(b) To protect the rights and interest of service providers and consumers within
(c) To carry about a critical appraisal of infrastructure development so as to show
its role in economic development of a country.
(d) To proffer suggestions towards a better improvement on the infrastructural
system in the country.
Infrastructure of any country is of immense importance to that country
whether developed or developing. It is therefore of outmost necessity that the
various infrastructure of a country should be managed in proficient ways which
will serve not only as pride to such country but also as an encouragement to other
countries towards economic development.
The various propositions for this research work include;
a) The role of infrastructure is not vital to national economic growth?
b) The role of infrastructure Development is vital to national economic growth.
The research questions or the hypothesis could be defined as a provisional
assumption made in order to investigate the logical consequences. It could be also
be defined as the ideal suggestions, postulation, or assertion put towards starting
points for reasoning but with awaiting validities.
The various points this research seeks to investigate is enumerated below:
(a) Does the state of infrastructure influence a nations drive towards economic
(b) Does the populaces enhance the drive for government’s infrastructure policies?
(c) Does a good infrastructural system play a vital role in economic development.
This study has reported empirical findings on the perception of her
stakeholders regarding the impact GSM on Nigeria rural economy. However the
study has a number of weaknesses. These includes the fact that it drew samples,
the perception of the work force linked to the petroleum sector were not included
in the target population of he study despite the fact that petroleum comes from
rural areas and it has impacted the economy in those zones. In the light of all these
identified limitations and shortcomings future research is needed to extend the
scope of the study to cover those limitations.
(A) INFRASTRUCTURE: This refers to the basic physical and organizational
structures needed for the operations of a society or enterprises or the service and
facilities necessary for an economy to function. The term typically refers to the
technical structures that support a society such as roads, water supply, sewers,
electrical grids; telecommunication etc. viewed functionally infrastructure facilities
the production of goods and serves.
(B). ECONOMY: An economy consists of the economic system of a county or
other areas, the labour, capital and land resources, and the economic agents that
socially participate in the production, exchange, distribution and consumption of
goods and services of that area.
(C). ECONOMIC GROWTH: Thus is defined as the increasing capacity of the
economy to satisfy the wants of goods and services of the members of society.
Economic growth is enabled by increase in productivity which lowers the inputs
(labour, capital, material energy etc) for a given amount of output. Economic
growth is concerned with he log run trend in production due to basic causes such as
(D) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: This refers o the increase in the standard of
living in a nations population with sustained growth sustained growth from a
simple, low-income economy to a modern high-income economy.
It typically involves improvements in a variety of indications such as literacy
rates, life expectancy, and poverty rates. A country’s economic development is
related to its human development, which encompasses, among other things, health
and education.
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