Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2020)
Assessment of the contributions of Orlu local government area in community development in IMO state, Nigeria
Author(s): Johnson Nnadi Ewelum, Alexander Uzochukwu Ogbunugwor, Anthony Ahuruezenma Apiti
Abstract: This study assessed the contributions of Orlu local government area in community development in Imo State, Nigeria. Four research questions were raised to guide the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population for the study comprised of all the community leaders in the 13 communities that make up Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. The sample consisted of 145 community leaders selected through simple random sampling. A self-structured questionnaire titled ‘Assessment of the contributions of Orlu local government area of Imo State, Nigeria in Community Development (ACOLGAISNCD)’ was used for data collection. The instrument was subjected to face and content validity by two experts, one from the Department of Adult and Continuing Education and the other in measurement and evaluation from the Department of Educational Foundations, all from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awkwa, Anambra State, Nigeria. The reliability of the instrument was computed using Cronbach Alpha and it yielded a co-efficient of 0.78 and the instrument was therefore deemed reliable for the study. Mean and standard deviation were used to analyze the data collected. The findings of the study revealed that Orlu local government area contributed to low extent to agricultural production, infrastructural facilities and health care services for community development. It was also found that Orlu local government area contributed to high extent in education for community development. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended among others that Orlu local government area should adopt bottom-up approach (participatory approach) in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of developmental programmes in rural communities.