Quarry industries and socio-economic development in some selected communities in Cross River State of Nigeria

Joseph E. Ogbiji, Sylvanus Achua Ogbiji

Quarry industries and socio-economic development in some selected communities in Cross River State of Nigeria



Abstract

This research was carried to determine the social and economic benefits of quarry industries in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. It was guided by six research questions. Sample comprise of 95 respondents broken down into 10 community leaders from each of the five communities and five respondents from each of the nine companies studied. The research instrument comprised of a structured questionnaire of 24 items built on a modified Likert scale of strongly agree, agree, disagree and strongly disagree weighted 4,3,2,1 respectively. The instrument was validated by two research experts from the department of Educational Foundations of Cross River University of Technology, Calabar. Their advice and suggestions were adhered to in the final instrument produced. Direct delivery technique was adopted in the administration of the instrument. Mean rating was used in analyzing the data. The result shows that quarry industries in Akamkpa Local Government Area have contributed significantly to the economic development of the area through the provision of employment opportunities, emergence of subsidiary industries and middlemen doing business in company products. The industries have however not fared well in the promotion of education, provision of healthcare services and protection of the communities from the hazards of water, air and noise pollution. It was recommended that government should ensure that environmental impact assessment is carried out before any project is undertaken in communities and see that communities are not shortchanged through the establishment of public or private companies.

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