PAPER TITLE :PROSPECT OF GLOBAL SYSTEM FOR MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS FOR CONSERVATION EDUCATION AND AWARENESS IN NIGE

JOURNAL Of SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 6 NUMBER 1 2015

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : OGUNJINMI, A.A.
  • Abstract:

The need for information and communication medium that is capable of reaching vast
majority of the public with messages necessary to encourage positive environmental and
conservation attitudes and behavior is of greater importance more than ever before. This study
examined the prospect of GSM as a tool for conservation education and awareness in Nigeria. The
study was conducted at Osun State University, Nigeria. Forty-two percent (42%) of the staff and
students of College of Agriculture of the University was sampled using self-administered structured
questionnaires. Data were presented descriptively while hypotheses were tested with Chi-square
and T-test. The mean age of the respondents was 25.1 years, 51.1% were female while 58% had
more than one GSM lines. Furthermore, 61.4% of the respondents confirmed receiving the
environmental/conservation messages from MTN network while 42.6% could recall the name of
organization responsible for the messages and 68.5% could recall bush burning. Among the
respondents that could recall, 45.9% and 54.1%, 47.4% and 52.6%, 33.3% and 66.7%, 57.1%
and 42.9%, and 50.0% could recall bush burning, deforestation, planting of trees, using energysaving
bulbs and stoves and saving the environment respectively after 6 and 12 months. The study
shows that GSM has high prospect as a tool for conservation and environmental education in
Nigeria.