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The Socio-Economic Impact of the Greater Port Harcourt Development Project on the Residents of the Affected Areas

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Elenwo Ephraim Ikechukwu*


Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Nigeria.


This study investigates the relationship between the socio-economic affected Communities and the Greater Port Harcourt Development Project in Rivers State. The data used for study were obtained through questionnaire. The generated data were analyzed using the factor analysis and paired t test. It was observed that the computed t-scores (-2.729) and (-2.895) exceeded the values of t, indicated in the table. The T-test, values showed that the occurrence of hazards and risks on the residents of affected communities in Port Harcourt was significantly related to the activities of greater Port Harcourt project, and also the socio-economic life of residents of the communities was significantly affected by the activities of greater Port Harcourt project. The study has shown that there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the greater Port Harcourt project in many of the comments put forward by the communities because of historical reasons. However, whatever reasons the host communities may have is manifestly not strong enough to stop the government in its proposal to transform the city decay to a world class city internationally recognized for excellence.


Socio-Economic, Impacts, Communities, Affected, Greater Port Harcourt

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Ikechukwu, E. (2015) The Socio-Economic Impact of the Greater Port Harcourt Development Project on the Residents of the Affected Areas. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 82-93. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.31010.

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