Influence of African Traditional Religion and Practices on Sustainable Conservation of Natural Resources in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria

Sam, Ime Edet; Onnoghen N. Usang and Etefia, Titus E.


The main purpose of this study was to examine the influence of African traditional religion  and practices on sustainable conservation of natural resources in Akamkpa Local  Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. Two null hypotheses were formulated to  direct the study. The hypotheses were tested at .05 level of significance. The literature  reviewed was based on the sub- variables of the study. The survey research design was  adopted for the study. The choice of this design was to enable the researcher examine the  phenomena under investigation as it exists presently in the study area. Purposive sampling  technique was adopted to select six autonomous communities that have played significant  role in the conservation of the natural resources available in the environment. To select the  400 respondents used for the study, stratified random sampling techniques was used. The  questionnaire was the instrument used to obtain data for the study. The instrument was  tested for reliability using Cronbach Alpha reliability test. The result of the test showed the  calculated value range of .85 to .97 which implies that, the instrument is reliable enough to  measure what is was purported to measure. Data obtained for this study was tested using  Pearson product moment correlation (r) statistical analysis. The results obtained from data  analysis revealed that, there is a significant relationship between totemism practice, evil  forest practice and sustainable conservation of natural resources in the study area. Based  on the result from the findings, conclusion and recommendations were made. One of the  recommendations is that, environmental conservation issues should form an integral part  of the teachings in various churches and mosques in the country to help reinforce positive  attitude among their members and change negative ones.

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