By Dr Sunday Simon Adaka & Dr Ekpenyong Oboqua
The study investigated the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) community based poverty alleviation programmes and rural community development in Uyo Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. One null hypothesis was formulated to guide the study. Ex-post facto research design was adopted for the study, while stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used in selecting 1300 respondents. A 20-item questionnaire titled: Youths Empowerment Schemes and Rural Community Development Questionnaire (YESRCDQ) was used for data collection. The instrument was validated and the reliability estimate, using test retest reliability method, ranged from 0.78 to 0.90. The hypothesis was tested at .05 level of significance using Pearson Product Moment Correlation. The result showed that there was a significant relationship between youths empowerment schemes and rural community development. Based on the findings of the study, recommendations were made among others that more youth skills acquisition programmes should be designed to empower the youths.