Abstract: The study was carried out in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State primarily to assess the youths level of participation in rural community projects. The study identified the type of rural community development projects in which youths participated, various types of contribution of rural youth to community development projects, problems encountered by youth in community developments and to determine the level of contribution of youth to community developments projects. Multistage sampling techniques was used. Firstly, purposive sampling technique was used to select ten rural based community from 5 cells out of the eight cells in one block of the study area. Secondly, 2 villages was purposively selected from each cells where ten respondents were selected for the study. Data was collected with the use of well structured interview schedule while data collected was subjected to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. The findings revealed that a larger proportion of the respondents were educated farmer, participated in road construction and maintenance and contributed at different level of rural community development. However, problems that prevents youths from participating fully in rural development projects was identified as fund mismanagement, low price of agriculture produce, lack of government assistance and land dispute and rivalry among community leaders. Statistical analysis performed revealed that there was significant relationship between respondents personal characteristics and their level of participation in community development projects.
E. Ayanwuyi , O.A. Akinboye and O.A. Olaniyi , 2007. Youth Participation in Rural Development Projects in Surulere Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria . The Social Sciences, 2: 312-317.