Youths’ Involvement in Community and Social Development Projects in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

DATE PUBLISHED
October 25, 2018
SECTION
Articles

Abstract

The study determined youths’ perceptions of the effects of their involvement in community development projects in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Specifically it identified the various community development projects that were implemented among the youths in the study area, determined the extent to which youths participated in the community development projects, identified the livelihood activities among youths and determined effects of involvement in community development projects on youths’ livelihood. Simple random sampling was used to select one hundred and twenty (120) respondents for the study. Data for the study was collected from primary sources. The mean age of the youths in the study area was 25.9 years. The findings from the study showed that 55.0% of the respondents were male, while 45.0% were female. The study indicated that majority (45.0%) of the youths completed tertiary education.  Findings showed that 99.0% of the youths were aware of CSDP, while 21.0% were not aware.  The study showed that the youths were involved in the implementation of Electricity (32.5%), Borehole (25.8%), road rehabilitation (11.7%), health centre (10.8%), Drainage (10.0%) and schools (9.2%).  The study indicated that 12.5% respondents participated by mobilization of community members, project identification (1.7%), project plan (2.5%), project execution (0.8%), monitoring and evaluation (2.5%) while fund raising (8.3%) in electricity supply. The study showed that 43.3% of the youths contributed to CSDP through labour, 32.5% gave money, 20.8% contributed through supervision and 3.3% contributed materials. The major livelihood activities among the youths in the study area include trading (16.7%), teaching (13.3%), mechanic (9.6%) and Farming (6.7%).  The results show that CSDP effects include training opportunities (x = 2.792), increased awareness on innovation (x =2.742). The result of the  correlation analysis also shows that age (r =-0.014, p≤0.05), Sex (r = -0.014, p>0.05) and marital status  (r =0.156, p>0.05) and Education (r = -0.045, p>0.05).with involvement in CSDP.

Keywords

CSDP, Youths, Development, Community.

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Owolabi K. E.

  • Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication Technology, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
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Adeyonu A. A.

Oluwafemi O.

  • Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication Technology, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
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Ajayi O.O.

  • Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication Technology, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
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