By Valentine U. James

The time period means construction refers to permitting the indigenous humans of constructing international locations to hold out improvement procedures effectively by means of empowering them via bolstered family associations, provision of family markets, and development of neighborhood executive efforts to maintain infrastructures, social associations, and advertisement associations. means development additionally consists of the necessity to realize indigenous curiosity teams, motivate neighborhood efforts, supply incentives for privatization, and coordinate neighborhood, nearby, and foreign options to reinforce productiveness and clever use of normal and human assets. most crucial, potential construction encourages a bottom-up or grassroots attempt for sustainable development.

The grassroots attempt starts off with the family. skill construction addresses all components of social, fiscal and healthiness, and environmental procedures via a holistic method. The chapters of this publication, written by way of specialists of their fields, tackle those 3 parts of the constructing societies.

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It is obvious that Chief Awolowo did not recognize Nigeria as a true political entity. He was not the only one with this idea. James S. Coleman (1971) in his book Nigeria: Background to Nationalism also makes this assertion. In 1948 Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, a leader of the NPC, affirmed in the legislative council that: since 1914, the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their backgrounds, relig- Nigeria and Social Transformation 17 ious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any sign of willingness to unite.

Ethnicity in its different forms has contributed to these problems. Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, has been prevented from a normal political, economic, and social life due to ethnic strife. As a result, the complete social transformations needed for democracy to flourish have been hampered. This chapter sheds light on some of these problems and what can be done in preparation for the twenty-first century. Prior to Nigeria’s independence in 1960, from the late 1930s to early 1940s, ethnicity began to rear its ugly head when one group or another was trying to dominate the National Youth Movement (NYM).

The place of women in the system should therefore be addressed and cannot be reduced merely to interests and classes. The presence of women in the state system includes these dimensions of interest and class but also exceeds them, 28 Capacity Building in Developing Countries embracing gender and ethnic differences in the society. However, the conventional analyses hold that only class and interest are vital to state power. FEMINIST THEORY OF THE STATE AND WOMEN IN GENERAL For many years there have been demands for a change in the way in which the state-centered theorists explain the state.

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