Influence of Educational Status on Solid Waste Management in Cross River State, Nigeria

Dr. (Mrs) Asor, Love Joseph, Dr. (Mrs) Cecilia, Akpana Beshel,  Ojong, Aganyi Asu, Dr. Usang Nkanu Onnoghen & Tawo, Catherine Njong


This paper examined the influence of educational status on Solid Waste Management in Cross River State, Nigeria. To achieve the purpose of this study, one hypothesis was formulated to guide the study. Literature review was carried out accordingly. Survey research design was adopted for the study. A sample of one thousand, one hundred and six (1,106) respondents were randomly selected from a population of 6,923 for the study. The sample was selected through stratified, simple random sampling and accidental sampling techniques. The questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection titled environmental self-concept on Solid Waste Management Questionnaire (ESCSWM). The questionnaire was validated by two experts in Measurement and Evaluation and one from the Environmental Education. The reliability estimate of the instrument was established through split half reliability method. Independent t-test was the statistical techniques employed to test the hypothesis under study. The hypothesis was tested at .05 level of significance. The result of the study indicated that, Environmental self-concept does not significantly relate with solid waste management. Based on the findings of the study it was recommended that there should be urgent environmental sanitation programme which is usually conducted monthly in most state of the federation with cross River state. In addition, proper awareness should be created on the dangers of indiscriminate waste disposal methods adopted by the residents of Cross river state. Above all, the state government should also provide waste management facilities to enable residents properly dispose of the waste.

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