ASSESSMENT OF COMMUNITY MEMBER'S KNOWLEDGE ON SPDC REMEDIATED LAND AND WATER BODIES IN BAYELSA STATE, NIGERIA

  • J.I. Okringbo Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State, Nigeria
Keywords: Knowledge, remediated and land and water bodies

Abstract

The study examined community member's knowledge on Shell Petroleum Development Company's (SPDC)
remediated land and water bodies in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Purposive and multi-stage simple random sampling
techniques were used to select a sample size of 80 community members in SPDC host communities. The data for
the study were collected through the use of a well-structured questionnaire and analyzed using both descriptive
and inferential statistics (ANOVA). The result showed that radio advertisement (93.8%), radio talk show
(93.8%), bill board promotional campaign of SPDC's activities (87.5%), and advocacy visit by SPDC to royal
fathers (87.5%), were various SPDC'S communication strategies for the promotion of environmental
degradation impact management. The result further showed that SPDC convert organic wastes into manure used
for remediating polluted lands (4.43). For operational spills, it pays compensation (4.16) and burn contaminated
soils to destroy the crude oil in the soil (3.95). The ANOVA result showed a significant difference between
knowledge of SPDC remediated land and water bodies among host communities at P<0.05 level. The results
therefore, show that community members in Bayelsa State had high knowledge of SPDC remediated land and
water bodies. Hence, the study recommended that more effort be put in place by SPDC to educate and enlighten
their host communities on remediation of polluted lands, increase their visit to royal fathers as part of its social
corporate responsibilities with host communities, conduct regular meetings with men, women and youth leaders
to create awareness of her environmental remediation activities.

Published
2020-04-30

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