The movement of people from the poor rural areas of Nigeria to the more prosperous cities is causing economic and social problems viewed with concern by the Government.
GTV City of Lagos
SV People arriving in Lagos with belongings (3 shots)
GV & SV People at bus stop
GTV Buses through traffic
GV EXT. Ministry of Labour
CU let Man interviewed
CU 2nd Man interviewed
SV Women seated outside factory with 'No Vacancy' sign
SV Man looking through railings with 'no Vacancy' sign
SV TILT DOWN ventilator TO people waiting for work
REPORTER: "How long have you been looking for work?
1ST MAN: For the past five years.
REPORTER: I see which places have you been before you come here?
1ST MAN: I've been to many places, but I can not get job.
2ND MAN: My name is (indistinct)
REPORTER: How long have you been looking for work?
2ND MAN: I am looking for a job two years now.
REPORTER: What type of work of you want to do?
2ND MAN: Mechanic or any type of job.
IN: "How long have you....."
OUT: "...any type of job".
Background: The movement of people from the poor rural areas of Nigeria to the more prosperous cities is causing economic and social problems viewed with concern by the Government.
The effects of the migration are being felt most n the capital, Lagos, were the population has doubled to two million since the nigerian civil war ended in January, 1970.
People from backward rural areas are moving to the towns in search of jobs in industry and Government departments, and for the better public amenities such as hospitals, water supply, playing fields and cinemas which the towns offer.
The result of the population drift, particularly in Lagos, has been increasing unemployment, a housing shortage, over-worked public transport and a rise in crime.
In an effort to reverse the flow of population,the Nigerian Government is encouraging industry to move to the country and is building a road network to open up rural areas.
SYNOPSIS: Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, has doubled its population in under three years.
Nearly a million people have arrived from the backward rural areas seeking jobs and what they hope will be a better way of life in the city. The result has been over-crowding which has caused serious economic and social problems.
Public transport is hopelessly inadequate and it is common for people to wait several hours for a bus. The influx has also caused a housing shortage and rents which families cannot afford.
The worst problem, though, is rising unemployment.
Most of the industry and Government offices in Nigeria are located in the towns, but they've not been able to provide enough jobs for people moving in from the country.
The Government is now trying to reverse the flow by developing industry in rural areas.