Egbonyi Darlington Egbe and Udom, Imo Cosmas
The study assessed the roles of academics in improving waste management awareness in cross river and akwa ibom states, Nigeria. The objective of the study was converted to research question and corresponding hypothesis. Research design adopted for the study was survey design. The sampling techniques were simple random sampling and accidental sampling techniques. Questionnaire was used to collect primary data for the study. The population of the study comprised 3,976 academic staff of the four universities studied. The sample size for the study was 363. Descriptive statistics (mean score and standard deviation) and inferential statistic (contingency chi-square) was adopted for data analysis. In analysing the research hypothesis, the result shows that academics play significant role in improving waste management awareness in educational institutions in Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. Based on these results, recommendation was made that Educational institutions should employ more skilled manpower to ensure effective waste management and educational institution’s waste management policies and strategies should be reviewed to meet the contemporary waste management needs.