IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 5, May 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Ewelum, Johnson Nnadi (Ph.D), Mbara Kingsley Ugochukwu (Ph,D)
The central purpose of the study was to identify the mobilization strategies for effective community development in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area, Enugu State, Nigeria. Three research questions guided the study. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The population of the study consisted all the community-based organizations leaders in the thirteen communities that make up the area. The sample of the study was 370 community leaders selected through purposive sampling technique. Questionnaire which has three clusters and was validated by two experts in community development was the instrument for data collection. The reliability of the instrument was determined using Cronback Alpha and the coefficient obtained from the three clusters respectively were 0.83, 0.81 and 0.85. Mean was used to analyze the data. Some of the findings include that the major ways people participate in community development projects include financial assistance and manual labour. Among the problems that militate against peoples’ participation in community development projects are lack of funds, poor leadership, inadequate mobilization strategies, embezzlement of money. Some of the mobilization strategies include involvement of people in development programmes, formation of organizations use of persuasion, adequate communication, among others. Some of the recommendations include that people should be involved in all the stages of development, community organizations should be encouraged, etc.