African Journal of Estate and Property Management

African Journal of Estate and Property Management ISSN: 2756-3308 Vol. 9 (3), pp. 001-011, March, 2022. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of population growth on land resource development in Makurdi Metropolis, Benue State, Nigeria

Adamu, Garba

Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST), Department of Estate Management and Valuation, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.

Accepted 23 March, 2022 

Abstract

This study examined the effect of population growth on land resource development in the Makurdi Metropolis, Benue State, Nigeria. A survey research design was used for this study. A sample of 431 respondents was used for the study. Primary data was obtained by the use of a structured questionnaire. The data collected was analyzed using multiple regression analysis. Also, the hypotheses of the study were tested using the probability value of the regression estimates. The result indicates that birth rate has a negative and significant effect on land resource development in Makurdi Metropolis in line with a priori expectations. Immigration has a positive and significant effect on land resource development in Makurdi Metropolis against a priori expectations. It was concluded that optimal indices of population growth are necessary for efficient land resource development. It was recommended, among others, that the government should designate layouts and provide allocation papers for members of the communities in the study area to expand building into areas that were hitherto not inhabitable. This will help to control population growth as a result of the increased birth rate in the study area. 

Keywords: Population, Growth, Land, Resources, Development, Birthrate, Immigration.