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Analysis of Factors Affecting Government’s Financial Allocation to the Road Construction Sector in Imo and Enugu States of Nigeria( Vol-2,Issue-4,July 2016 )


Ajator, U.O., Onwuka, S.U., Ikekpeazu, F.O.


Road Construction, Budget, Allocation, Parameters.


This research attempted to present, population, population density and geographical area size as strategic variables that should be considered in road budget policy formulation. It studied six years (2008-2013) road budgets of Imo and Enugu States to assess the extent to which they considered these strategic variables. Road construction costs were collected from budget offices and interview of budget officers of Imo and Enugu States. Population, population density and geographical area size of local government areas of the study areas were obtained from the National population commission, while kilometer lengths of roads in the surveyed local governments of the study areas were derived from analyzed road maps using ARCGIS software. Analysis of the data revealed that road budget and construction in the states did not adequately reflect crucial strategic factors of population, population density and size of geographical areas in road allocations. The resultant unsystematic and lopsided road development constrained the realization of full socio-economic benefits of the road projects in the areas. The study thus recommends among others that road budget development decision should factor-in this strategic parameters and for development professionals to partner with finance/budget units in the formulation of road/infrastructure budgets.

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