RURALITES SOURCES OF INFORMATION ABOUT CHANGES IN SOUTH-WESTERN NIGERIA
Keywords:communicating, ruralites, information, changes
This paper examines the sources of information used by the rural inhabitants of South-western Nigeria to learn about the different changes introduced by the military regimes. The underlying assumption is that the different types of information sources available to the rural population have varying effectiveness in communicating different changes. The data used were gathered from secondary sources as well as from randomly selected four hundred household heads using interview schedules. Our analyses reveal that:
- The non-discriminatory changes affected the ruralites more than the discriminatory changes;
- More respondents learnt of the non-discriminatory changes than they did of the discriminatory ones;
- More respondents supplemented their first hand knowledge of the non-discriminatory changes with information from other sources;
- Radio was the most used channel of information to learn about changes in general; and
- The hypothesis that different sources of information have varying influences in communicating different changes is sustained.