Globalization and Distortions: Implications for Family Welfare Service in Lagos, Nigeria

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Onwuama, M.A.C
Adepoju, A.
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Journal of Research In Education
Nigeria, like many poor countries, has not been effectively integrated, nor has it benefited maximally from globalization due to internal and external factors. The liberalization of economy has indeed created serious distortions that have marginalized and exposed vulnerable groups, especially women, children, youth and elderly to poverty and deprivation. In the process, family welfare services have been curtailed and ability of families to provide basic social, reproductive and economic services to its constituent members have been severely compromised. Also, government is gradually withdrawing from implementing cost-recovery strategies for provision of such services under tenet of globalization. This study examined correlates of globalization, what space there is for state sovereignty in managing national economy and its effects on poverty, inequality and family welfare provision in context of on-going democratic process in Nigeria. To do this, ex-post facto research design was used to identify pre- and post-globalization and structural adjustment programmes in trend of family welfare social services in Nigeria to determine how to reorient policy and intervention measures to enhance family welfare programmes and its human development indicators in the country. Five hundred (500) households from mixed social groups of squatter communities, poor, low and middle income groups with 100 households selected through stratified random sampling technique from 2000 households residents of six Local Government Areas of Lagos State namely: Bariga in Shomolu LGA, Ajegunle in Ajeromi- Ifelodun LGA, Makoko and Akoka in Yaba in Mainland LGA. Ogudu GRA in Kosofe LGA and Mile 2 in Amuwo-Odofin LGA in Lagos State comprised the participants for the study. The research instrument comprised of a researcher developed, structured and validated Global Distortion and Family Welfare Questionnaire tagged “GDFQ' with reliability(r=0.82) and focus group discussion used to collect quantitative data. The analysis of data adopted the descriptive statistics of frequency counts and percentages. Findings include: (i) Family welfare exist in Lagos State, the children and elderly receive free healthcare services; (ii) Mothers pay for medical treatment while Ante-natal care is free; (iii) The objectives of globalization differ from that of family welfare services: globalization encourages multi-culture, free flow of information, migration, social interaction and international trade including: money transfer, human trafficking, prostitution and uncontrolled access to internet pornography
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Globalization , Economy , Nigeria , Social services , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Onwuama, M.A.C., & Adepoju, A. (2011). Globalization and Distortions: Implications for Family Welfare Service in Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of Research In Education, 1(1).173-187.