Main Article Content
The study was carried out basically to examine military and public participation in disaster rescue operations in Ahoada East L.G.A of Rivers State, Nigeria. Four objectives alongside one hypothesis were set out for the study. A total of 400 respondents were sampled for the study with the use of the Taro Yamane formula, but on distribution of copies of the questionnaire, only 370 copies were returned completely filled for the study. This was thereafter used in the analysis of the study alongside the Chi-Square analytical tool, which was used for hypothesis testing. The findings of the study revealed that the people partnered with the military in different segments of the study area towards disaster rescue, mostly on security and intelligence gathering. Military and public participation concentrated on disaster rescue operations. These rescue operations seem to have an impact on the people of the area. It is also revealed that the attitude of the Government to disaster rescue operations in the area has been positive and effective. The study has also revealed that statistically there is a significant impact of Military and public participation in disaster rescue operations. The study therefore recommended that there is a need for community participation in decision making for disaster management, as this will easily facilitate better communication leading to overall acceptability of the locals with the rescue operations. This positive outcome propagates the need for encouraging a close interaction and partnership between the public and the military. Based on the study outcome a partnership is being built. Such a development would ensure effective disaster rescue operations, monitoring, response recovery and preparedness.
Okoli C. The state and crisis management in Nigeria: Evaluation of Nigeria’s response to the global economic meltdown’. A paper presented at the 28th Annual National Conference of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), held at Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto; 2011.
Austrian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC), Future directions in civil-military responses to natural disasters. Elizabeth Ferris Brookings Institution. Washington DC. Paper 05/2012.
Austrian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC), Future directions in civil-military responses to natural disasters. Elizabeth Ferris Brookings Institution. Washington DC. Paper 05; 2012.
Adebimpe RU. Climate change related disasters and vulnerability: An appraisal of the Nigeria policy on environment. Environmental Research Journal. 2011; 5(3):97–103.
OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database – www.emdat.be, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels (Belgium).
UNISDR. Using Science for Disaster Risk Reduction. Report of the UNISDR Scientific and technical advisory group –Geneva; 2012.
Berker PR, Kartez J, Wenger D. Recovery after disaster: Achieving sustainable development, mitigation and equity. Disasters. 1993;17:93-109.
Kusumasari B, Alam Q. Bridging the gaps: The role of local government capability and the management of a natural disaster in Bantul, Indonesia. Natural hazards. 2012; 60(2):761-779.
Judy BL. Building local level engagement in disaster risk reduction: A Portuguese case study. Civil protection authority, municipality of Amadora, Portugal emerald group. Publishing; 2014.
Peterside ZB. The military and internal security in Nigeria: Challenges and prospects. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. 2014;5(27).
[ISSN 2039-2117, ISSN 2039-9340]
Hall and Cular A. Civil-military relations in disaster rescue and relief activities: Response to the mudslide in southern Leyte, Philippines. South African Journal of Military Studies. 2010;38(2).
Shabab R, Ali A, Iqbal S, Awan MS. Armed forces and disaster management. America Journal of Social Science Research. 2015;1(3):152-157.
Raj A. Armed forces in disaster response: Role reappraisal. Claws Journal; 2008.
Hossain A. Community participation in disaster management: Role of social work to enhance participation. Antrocom Online Journal of Anthropology. 2013;9(1):1973–2880.
Walker JM. The military and domestic disaster response: Lead role revealed through the eye of hurricane Katrina? Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Security Studies. Unpublished paper. Naval Post Graduate School; 1991.
Itodo SK. Civil-military relationship in disaster rescue and relief in Nigeria. Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; 2014.
Wachira JK, Sinclair AJ. Public participation in the emergency response phase of flooding: A case study of the Red River Basin. Canadian water resources journal. 2005;30(2):145–158.
Ahiakwo MJ. Foundations of educational research. Bees and Co Press Port Harcourt; 2003.