Socio-Economic Characteristics and Environmental Quality of Auchi Region, Edo State, Nigeria

  • Daniel Nosakhare Onaiwu Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State

Abstract

The link between socio-economic variables and environment has not been clearly established in literature. The study examined the relationship between the socio-economic characteristics and environmental quality of residents of Auchi Region in Edo State. A survey was conducted that covered 886 respondents in 24 spatial sampling units of the study area. The questionnaire items had Likert-type response options. The data were analysed with the aid of percentage/frequency
tables and Spearman correlation. The descriptive analyses revealed that the region has low quality environment. The result showed that income and environmental quality were positively correlated (r =0.64) and the coefficient of determination (r2 =0.41); income and water consumption had correlation of 0.68 and coefficient of determination of 0.46; and distance to primary school and environment had correlation of 0.47 and coefficient of determination of 0.22. Based on the generally low performance of the socio-economic environmental indicators and their significant explained variances, there was the need for a synergy between the
government and the residents of Auchi Region in order to address the basic needs of water, health care and education.

Published
Jun 2, 2017
How to Cite
ONAIWU, Daniel Nosakhare. Socio-Economic Characteristics and Environmental Quality of Auchi Region, Edo State, Nigeria. Ife Research Publications in Geography, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 1, p. 59-71, june 2017. Available at: <https://fst.oauife.edu.ng/index.php/irpg/article/view/98>. Date accessed: 22 aug. 2017.