Funmilola Ajani


The study assessed residents’ perception of tourism development in Eleko and Tarkwa Bay recreational centres, Lagos state, Nigeria. The two communities of Eleko and Tarkwa bay have a total of 337 and 344 households respectively, from which simple random sampling technique was used to select 20% of households. This made a sample size of 70 persons from each community. Only 135 instruments were however usable for statistical analysis. Data obtained were analyzed using frequency, percentage, means and independent sample t-test. The mean ages of residents were 25.6 and 29 years respectively, with a large number being singles (46.3% and 45.6%), Christians (61.2% and 76.5%), and had secondary school education (46.3% and 47.1%). Residents in the respective tourism sites (59.7% and 50.0%) had favourable perception towards tourism. A larger percent in Tarkwa Bay (53.7%), than Eleko beach (44.1%) had favorable concern for tourism development. Expanded recreational facilities ( 4.04, 4.11), improved quality of life (¬ 4.01, 4.08) and improved quality of public service ( 4.01, 4.13) were the most perceived contribution of the tourist centres to residents’ quality of life. More than half (68.7% and 51.5%) perceived that the tourist centres’ contribution to quality of life was high. There is no significant difference between the perception towards tourism by residents in Tarkwa-bay and Eleko as well as their perceived contribution of tourism to quality of life.The study concluded that that there is huge potential for development of Tarkwa-bay and Eleko beaches with prospects for positive impacts on the lives of residents.
Keywords: Community’s perception, Tarkwa bay, Eleko beach, resident’s quality of life

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