International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Domestic Servants and Rural-Youth Urban Migration in Nigeria: Issues for National Intervention
Omojola Awosusi, Grace Modupe Adebo

The study examined the use of children and youths as domestic servants in Ekiti and Ondo States of Nigeria. Using a snowballing technique in selecting 80 respondents from the two states, findings of the study shows that the domestic servants were mainly from Benue and Oyo States and Republic of Benin/Togo. They are young and mostly females with low educational background. Reasons for working as domestic servants include inability to pay school fees, low academic performance, and parent’s separation and family problems. There is no definite contract of employment or specifications for jobs done. They work for long hours with no compensation; living conditions are poor and have no definite plan for future. The study recommends that the Federal government should map out policies and programmess to reduce poverty and encourage basic education with special consideration for the girl child in poor rural areas of Nigeria.

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