RESIDENTS’ SATISFACTION WITH RESIDENTIAL QUALITY OF LIFE IN INDIGENOUS ENCLAVES IN PORT-HARCOURT MUNICIPALITY

Abstract

This study assessed residents satisfaction with residential quality of life in two neighbourhoods of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria – that is two from the indigenousl areas of the city. The study set out to ascertain residents’ satisfactiom of neighbourhood attributes, sanitation attributes and residential quality of life. Neighbourhood attributes were studied in situ without experimental manipulation and at one period in time, i.e. the study adopted a passive-observational research design. The study utilized both secondary and primary data sources. Primary data was collected using face-to-face administration of a largely pre-coded household questionnaire, to a probability sample of 171 respondents, drawn from the 2 neighbourhoods. Data analysis was based on responses from 171 questionnaires retrieved and the univariate analytical method was adopted. The study found, that residential quality of life in Port Harcourt Municipality was low with garbage on the streets and neighbourhoods. The study further revealed that most residents were dissatisfied with their residential conditions such as electricity supply, water supply and waste collection and disposal. The study further revealed that 28.9% of the residents in Oroworukwo and 24.5%in Amadi-Ama were unhappy with their residential quality of life. A key conclusion of the study was that the improvement of neighbourhood residential conditions as perceived by the residents was important in raising residential quality of life, and recommendations included that in the provision of public infrastructure and services , the perceptions and preferences of the beneficiaries/target population must be taken into account to achieve user satisfaction. To achieve adequate provision of infrastructure and amenities government should take advantage of funds available in the National Urban Development Bank, assistance from international development agencies and through private-public-partnership (PPP) arrangements

Keywords: Residential Quality, Residents’ Satisfaction, Satisfaction of neighbourhood

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