Mojisola F. Oyewole
Department of Agricultural Extension & Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]
This study assessed the level of participation of enclave dwellers in Non-GovernmentalOrganizations’ conservation practices in Omo-forest , Ogun state. Multi stage sampling method was used to select respondents for this study. The study site was stratified into three blocks considering the nearness of enclaves to each others. Fifty percent of enclaves in each stratum were purposefully selected based on the activities of the NGOs. Twenty respondents were randomly selected in each of these eight enclaves. which includes: Abeku1, Abeku2, Tamitami, Eseke,Sojukodoro, J4 area, Osoko and Etemi. The total of 150 respondents was sampled. Data was collected using interview schedule while descriptive and inferential statistics were used for data analysis. Results indicate that average age of the respondents was 33±8.69 years. Majorities (75.3%) of the respondents were male, married (86.0%) had no formal education (48.7%) and were engaged in farming (63.1%). Findings from the study further show that 88.0% and 85.3% of the respondents benefited from conservation education and environmental education respectively. Less than half (46.7%) of the respondents indicated high level of participation in the activities of the NGOs. Significant relationship existed between educational qualification (?2 = 4.643,p? 0.05), benefit derived from NGOs activities (r = 0.238, p? 0.05), constraints faced by respondents (r = - 0.276, p? 0.05) and participation in NGOs conservation activities.. Though, participation of enclaves dwellers is relatively fair however, the constraint facing respondents in participating in NGOs activities is technicality, therefore NGOs should intensify efforts in educating them on conservation practices.