International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

 

The Perception of Natural Hazards: The Need for Local Education in Riverine Communities.
Mr. Tano Dumoyei AGUSOMU, Mr. Fidelis A.E. PAKI

Abstract
The organized human settlement patterns can be threatened by natural hazards as their incidence is often unpredictable in time and space. Riverine communities in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, are often at risk of flood and erosion hazards. There is, therefore, a dire need for local natural hazard education in the communities. The aim of this paper is to examine how riverine community dwellers improve their awareness and perception of the natural hazards in their local environments through experience and education, by the examination of the residents’ perception of the prevalent hazards, the adequacy of hazards education programs, and the government’s role in improving hazards awareness in the communities. To achieve the aim of the survey, a sample size of 360 respondents drawn from eight communities critically prone to flooding and erosion were systematically sampled. The survey schedules included field observations, interviews and questionnaire administration. The results showed that the residents were deficient in their knowledge of the local hazards, and were unfamiliar with the schools’ curricula on same to assess the adequacy of hazards education in schools and among resource users. The general public was also unfamiliar with the functions of the government’s agencies for hazards management, information and education in the riverine communities and the state in general.

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