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INFORMATION NEEDS AND SEEKING BEHAVIOUR OF COUNCILLORS IN BENUE STATE – NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

 The study was designed to investigate information needs and seeking behaviour of councillors in Benue State, Nigeria. Six purposes and research questions were formulated to guide the study. Four hypotheses were drawn from the research questions. The design of the study was descriptive survey. The population of the study was 276 councillors elected to serve from 2012 to 2014. The sample for the study consisted of 276 respondents from the population. Though the researcher intended to make a census of all the councillors, not all could be found because some had died. Questionnaire was administered to 247 respondents who completed and returned same. Data was analysed using means and standard deviation to answer the research questions. The decision point was 2.50. Factors that scored 2.50 and above showed agreement, while factors that scored below 2.50 showed disagreement. The results of the study revealed: that councillors need information for their legislative duties of enacting bye-laws on the functions assigned to the local governments in the 1999 Constitution and the Benue State Local Government Law 2007. The information seeking behaviour of councillors include discussion with fellow councillors/colleagues; party members, friends, reading local print media and professional associations as well as religious bodies. The problems faced by councillors in trying to meet their information needs include: non-availability of information materials, distorted and outdated information materials, as well as the unwillingness of staff of the bureau for local government to supply the needed information for fear of indictment, when commissions of enquiry are set up. The strategies that can be put in place to ameliorate/reduce the problems include: sourcing for current books, journals and other periodicals as well as assisting the councillors to learn the use of modern information sources like internet, arranging the available information for easy retrieval, augmentation of information sources in the library/information centres. The study concluded by recommending that Local Government Legislative Houses should be provided with libraries or information centres and staffed with qualified staff to attend to the needs of councillors, seminars and workshops to be organized to train councillors in the use of modern information and communication technology as well as a special vote set aside for the running of legislative, libraries/information centres and upgrading of libraries/information centres to e-libraries.

Project detailsContents
 
Number of Pages126 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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