AGE GRADE SYSTEM AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN OHAFIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA

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Age grade system is known to play a significant role in the development of the communities in Ohafia right from its origin. The study examines the relationship between age grade projects and improvements in several socio- economic indicators as literacy level, life expectancy at birth, employment generation and income.

The study draws on survey data from a sample of 293 respondents in ten communities in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used in the analysis. The study finds that there is a perception of improvement in the literacy level as a result of the primary and secondary schools, that there is an improvement in life expectancy at birth as a result of the health and maternity centers, and that to great extent unemployment has been reduced as a result of the age grade projects.

The study therefore concludes that age grade system among the Ohafia people is a system that must never be disbanded for their contributions in economic, social and cultural spheres of the Ohafia society which has remained unquantifiable. The age grade institution must be encouraged among the Ohafia people and Ohafia sons and daughters in Diaspora should be encouraged to show more interest in the institution.

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