Elem, Emmanuel Obona
Department of Political Science,
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,
Ebonyi State University, P.M.B.053, Abakaliki.
The return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999 ushered in positive hope as people believed that the problem of sustainable socio-economic and infrastructural development in Nigeria which was attributed to decades of military rule would be solved. This paper explored the extent to which democratic governance has contributed to sustainable socio-economic and infrastructural development in Ebonyi State of Nigeria since 1999 to 2020. The specific objectives include; to find out the relationship between democratic governance and socio-economic and infrastructural development, the challenges of democratic governance in Nigeria and the way forward. The study adopted stewardship theory as its framework of analysis. The data for the study were collected from documentary sources, media commentaries, scholarly inputs and direct observation, while content analytical approach was adopted. The findings show that there is a significant relationship between democratic governance and socio-economic and infrastructural development in Nigeria. It equally shows that there are challenges confronting democratic governance in Nigeria. It again shows that Nigeria has the resources to achieve sustainable socio-economic and infrastructural development. The study recommends among other things that Nigeria should strengthen and consolidate its nascent democracy for better democratic governance that would enhance sustainable socio-economic and infrastructural development.
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