APPRAISING THE LEVEL OF YOUTHS’ INVOLVEMENT IN SELF-HELP COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN SOKOTO NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, SOKOTO STATE
Self help Community Development projects are basic requirements by any settlement for its effective and proper functioning and vital for the overall development of the community. This paper intend to appraise the level of youth involvement in self-help community Development Projects in Sokoto North local Government area and the problems militating against the performance of youths’ involvement in self-help community development projects. The research uses survey method of data collection which has been conducted in the Sokoto North local Government Area. A sample of 100 youths ‘was used using Simple random sampling method. The following research questions guided the study: What are the self-help communities Development Projects undertaken by the youth in Sokoto North local government area? What are the areas of youth involvement in Self-help Community development projects in Sokoto North Local government area? And what are the problems against the performance of youth’s involvement in Self-help community development projects in Sokoto North local government area? An instrument used for this study was structure questionnaire which was validated by experts from the faculty of education and extension services, department of Adult education and extension services Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto. For it consistency I have pilot tested Sokoto South local Government area. The research used descriptive method of data analysis in form of percentage. The research finds out that the youth in Sokoto North local Government area undertakes six major self-help community development projects which are construction of drainage, culvert excavation, construction of mosque, and construction of slop among others. The research also finds out that the problem associated with community development efforts in the area are financial constraints, lack of educational enlightment, and lack of cooperation and mismanagement of project fund among others. The research recommends that there should be improve funding and support from government and related agencies in order to enhance activities of youth’s in Self-help Community Development Projects in the area. Also there should be educational enlightenment for youth to participate in the self-help community Development Projects. Finally youth’s should be made to understand the benefit of Self-help Community Development Projects.
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