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Information Needs of Rural Women in Delta North Senatorial District: A Case Study of Ndokwa Area of Delta State of Nigeria

MO Ifukor

Abstract


Out of the sheer neglect of the information needs of rural
inhabitants in Nigeria, the author was spurred on to investigate
the subject. Specifically, the study focused on the information
needs of rural women in Ndokwa area of Delta North Senatorial
area of Nigeria. The aims of the paper were to find out the
information needs and sources of information of rural women in
Ndokwa area of Delta State of Nigeria and to determine the
significance of democratic variables to such information needs.
The participatory research approach was adopted using the
social meeting groups in Ndokwa area. The findings showed that
the women’s information needs were nutritional information,
agricultural information, economic information, literacy
information, health information, religious information and socio–
political information. It was recommend that information study
rural women’s background (occupation, educational, economic
and marital status and number of children; that functional
literacy should encouraged among rural women by providing
them with reading and writing materials; the community
information centres should be established and that female extension workers should be trained to disseminate information
to women in the rural communities.

KEYWORDS Information Needs – Rural Women – Delta State – Nigeria



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