Perceived Impact of the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission in Ondo State
This study examined the perceived impact of the activities of Niger Delta Development Commission in Ondo state. The study utilized both primary and secondary data sources. The target respondents were the residents in Ilaje and Ese Odo Local Government Areas (LGAs) within oil producing region of Ondo State. The study adopted a multistage purposive random sampling technique in selecting both the LGAs and the respondents, to enable the researcher gauge the spread of the impact of oil exploration. In each of the selected LGAs, the LGA administrative headquarters was purposively selected for the study while a total of 320 copies of the questionnaire were administered. The impact was measured in terms of improvement in access to socio-economic facilities; citizens’ participation in development activities and perception of the people. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used in analyzing the quantitative data obtained for the study. The study revealed that the needs of
the respondents varied with water ranking highest in the study area (32.0%).The level of citizens participation was very low thereby affecting the equitable distribution of the facilities (75.8%). NDDC was perceived not to have made any significant impact in the study area as a result of poor citizen’s participation, (χ2=145.281). It was therefore recommended that citizen participation should be enhanced to bring meaningful development to the study area.
© Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria 2016