Effects of Community’s Participation in Community Development in Nigeria: A Case Study of LEEMP in Benue State
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- Community, Participation, Development, LEEMP
- Ochepo, Comfort Owakoyi
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- The study examined the effects of Community’s Participation in community development projects in Benue State, Nigeria. A total of 225 beneficiaries of LEEMP were selected through multi-stage sampling techniques. Primary data was used for the study which was garnered through a well structured questionnaire and interview sections with LEEMP beneficiaries. The socioeconomic characteristics and level of participation of beneficiaries were analyzed descriptively. Logit regression model was used to analyze the factors affecting beneficiaries’ level of participation and the relationship between the level of participation of beneficiaries and success of LEEMP was analyzed using correlation. The study shows a strong relationship between the level of participation of the beneficiaries and the success of the project. The study also established that there is development of human and material resources, which enhances the living standard of the people. This implies that LEEMP community driven development (CDD) is a method that enables projects to be built around the felt-needs of the people through the citizen’s mobilization of both human and material resources within themselves. Due to the high illiteracy level in rural areas there is a need for capacity building of the people and especially the vulnerable groups to enable them participate more in similar rural development project.
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