PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES OF WASTE MANAGEMENT AGENCIES IN RIVERS AND ABIA STATES
The problems associated with waste have been exacerbated following explosion in human population, plus rural-urban movement, among other factors. In view of this, the work examined public perception of communication strategies adopted by waste management agencies in Port and Abia, in disseminating information for proper disposal of waste in the two cities, among others. This work used survey research methodology to extract data from a sample of 384 respondents. Among other findings, the study established that there is no major disparity involving the communication approaches used by RIWAMA and ASEPA for waste management. It also unravelled that the two agencies do not implement most of their communication strategies, making residents to dispose of waste on their own. Equally, it has been established that the two agencies mostly use radio as a means of communicating with residents, through the news bulletin. Following the findings, therefore, it is recommended, among others that RIWAMA and ASEPA should implement all their communication plans, to ensure effective communication with residents of Port Harcourt and Aba. Also, interpersonal communication should be practiced by RIWAMA and ASEPA, for more persuasive means of ensuring compliance to the agencies’ mandates.