This project focuses on The role of cooperative societies towards development of rural areas. This research work was designed to see to the way rural areas could be developed through co-operative societies with Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State as a case study. Oral interview was carried out, several books were consulted and also, finding of registered co-operative societies and the number of their members were carried out. From the findings, it revealed that those rural areas with co-operative societies gain more government attention than those without co-operative societies. The study reveals that for a government to achieve all-round development empowering co-operative societies should be given utmost attention. Also, the government should liberalized co-operatives by loosening its grip on co-operatives to allow for self-help and self-responsibility principles of cooperativeness.