COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATIONS’ CONTRIBUTIONS IN SELF HELP PROJECTS IN LAGOS STATE OF NIGERIA

2006, 7 (4)   p. 609-618

A AKINSOROTAN, M OLUJIDE

Abstract

The study assessed the personal characteristics of 50 selected Community Development Association (CDA) members from five communities in Lagos State of Nigeria. Types of projects executed, level of participation by members were investigated. Results from the study showed that most members fell within the age range of 30-59 years, mostly males and married, and they were engaged in both primary and secondary occupations. The results further showed that most members had little or no education and they relied mostly on their self-efforts for project execution without any external financial assistance from other sources. Finally, most members rated CDA activities as low, but these ratings were not significantly related to their age, gender or educational qualification. The findings suggested that CDAs should work closely together with community development officers in their area, channel their requests and problems through them to both the Local and State governments.

Keywords

community development association, participation, local government area, self-help projects

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