Assessment of the socio-economic impacts of quarrying and processing of limestone at Obajana, Nigeria
European Journal of Social Sciences
School of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Department of Mining Engineering, School of Eng. and Eng. Technology, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria
The persistent high rise in the price of building materials and constant importation of cement in Nigeria requires speedy development of cement factories in country. This research was carried out to assess the socio-economic impacts of quarrying and processing of limestone at Obajana, Nigeria. In order to assess the socio-economic impacts of the operations on the community, questionnaires were distributed to both the staff of the company and the community. The data derived from the questionnaires were subjected to both statistical analysis and chi-square method. The results gotten indicated that the lifestyles of the people are still below high standard with only 7% of the respondents earning above N40,000:000 (forty thousand naira monthly) and majority earn less than N20,000:00 (twenty thousand naira monthly). Also the level of education within the community is poor and there is higher percentage of non-literacy level. The operation has little or no environmental impacts on the community yet due to the fact that the operations/production has not commenced fully. This situation may change in the nearest years to come. When this happen, this work will serve as baseline data for any socio-economic assessment on Obajana. However, recommendations were made on how to improve the literacy level of the community and other impacts.