YOUTHS’ COMPETENCIES ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES IN ISOKO NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF DELTA STATE, NIGERIA
Author(s): Adefalu L.L, Mohammed S.B and Akporero P.U
Volume/Issue: Volume 2 , Issue 1 (2022)
This study was carried out to investigate youth’s competencies on community development activities in Isoko north local government area of Delta State. A purposive sampling technique was used to select 150 youths that are involved in community development activities for the study. Data were collected with the aid of well-structured questionnaires and interview schedule. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. Results of the study obtained revealed that majority of the respondent were members of youth organization with 86.9% and their group meeting was monthly with 70.8%. It revealed that, the respondents participated in environmental sanitation with the mean of 3.18, construction of public taps with mean of 3.22. Also, respondents mobilized various resources through indigenous/ local organization, grassroots organization, government agencies and individual donors, and respondents participated in environment sanitation with 84.2%, construction of borehole with 84.2% and construction of public taps with 94.7%. They had a positive attitude toward community development activities with highly competency in team work, group focus and in planning organization with mean of 3.8, 2.57 and 2.51 respectively. However, the competency level was medium in work standard, motivation, reliability and problem solving with the mean of 2.49, 2.19, 2.06, and 2.49 respectively. Lack of funds, lack of technical know- how and lack of commitment of the youths to programmes were factors responsible for the failure of youths in community development activities. The result of Pearson Moment Correlation revealed that only occupation of the youths (r = 0.268, p = 0.002) was found to be positively significant on their competencies. The study recommended that increase involvement of youth in community development activities can be enhanced by giving opportunities for personal self-growth, skill enhancement, and leadership development; allow youth to work with adult in active collaboration toward local community development.
Youths’ Competencies, Community Development Activities, Delta State, Nigeria.