inadvertently ripped apart by non inclusion of the rural inhabitants in the development strategy. The government in many instances has been largely unsuccessful in providing independently the much needed and envisioned goal of infrastructure development. Therefore, the paper examines the extent of participation and level of involvement of the rural inhabitants on physical infrastructure development in the niger delta region of Nigeria. The study used mainly secondary source of information and, adopted content analysis technique. From the findings there exists, ostensibly, missing link on government policy. It is evidenced that the Government infrastructural rural development policy is increasingly less concern with the actual content and participation of the users themselves (rural population that will benefit from the project). The paper identifies clear frustrating approach, amongst which are; lack of rural values, imprecise social objectives, uncoordinated and unguided inputs. It recommends broadbased and inclusive development frameworks, having the inhabitants inputs guided and coordinated by representatives of the area, and a creative “bottom up” planning approach viewed as mass – oriented. This will more likely deliver better results, combined local feedbacks and evaluation by establishing a scene of collaboration with the indigenous rural population. Keywords: Keywords:

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IKECHI OMENUIHU, Okwakpam,. Rural Inhabitants Participation in Infrastructure Development in Niger Delta, Nigeria: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff. Global Journal of Human-Social Science Research, [S.l.], nov. 2017. ISSN 2249-460X. Available at: <https://socialscienceresearch.org/index.php/GJHSS/article/view/2320>. Date accessed: 27 feb. 2021.