Vol 9, No 1

Table of Contents

Articles

Tenants’ Willingness to Pay for Landscaping Features in Alagbaka Government Reservation Area of Akure, Nigeria PDF
Victoria A. Bello, Adedamola F. Audu, Nnaemeka B. Ezeokoli
The growing awareness of the contributions of landscaping to real property and the eco-system in general has made real estate industry to integrate landscaping into property decisions. However, little is known about the individual’s willingness to pay for the landscape features as consumers do not really have a clear understanding of the landscape value and its connection to property investment. Thus, this study examined the tenants’ willingness to pay for landscape features, and the factors that determine their willingness to pay. Data was gotten from ninety three (93) tenants of residential properties within Alagbaka Government Reservation Area (G.R.A) through structured questionnaire. The retrieved data were analyzed using the Frequency Distribution tables to analyze the socio – economic characteristics of the respondents, and Binary Logistic Regression Model based on the Contingent Valuation Method to analyze the tenants’ willingness to pay for the landscape features and the factors responsible for such choices. The study revealed that tenants are willing to pay bid amount of rent for the incorporation of landscape features into housing process. It further revealed that factors such as Length of stay, Fence and retaining walls, Income, Trees and Shrubs significantly influence tenants’ willingness to pay for landscaping. Therefore, the study recommended that landscape be encouraged and properly managed to ensure that it fulfills the full potential of its lifespan and for optimum returns from the properties.

The Tourism-Environment Nexus; Challenges and Opportunities PDF
Amin Shahgerdi, Hamed Rezapouraghdam, Azar Ghaedi, Sedigheh Safshekan
Tourism industry is heavily dependent on environment. Moreover the vitality of sustainable tourism development in an environmentally friendly manner along with avoidance of ecological damages has been highly emphasized by environmentalists, which indicate the significance of this phenomenon and its vulnerability as well. This study by means of descriptive qualitative approach employs content analysis as its method and sets ecological modernization theory as well as sustainability as its theoretical framework and reviews tourism literature and highlights bilateral impacts of the tourism and the environment on each other. The realization of these themes not only beckons the tourism stakeholders to be more cautious about the upcoming effects of their activities, but also increases social awareness about these impacts along with the importance of the environment.

Entrepreneurship: Vocational Skills to Achieve Sustainable Economic Growth in Nigeria PDF
Osondu Chimezie Nworu

In Nigeria not much emphasis has been laid on vocational skills as regards to sustainable economic growth which is the main subject this paper is going to cover. This paper will examine how stakeholders if focus on making entrepreneurship development easy in Nigeria and provide the necessary Technical and vocational Education and training to sustain Sustainable Development, shall create avenues for industrialization of the country. Looking at the countries that have achieved sustainable economic development, the paper shall highlight how economic developments can satisfy Nigeria’s needs economically, politically, socially and otherwise should we pursue it following the concept of Brundtland Report of sustainable development.

The paper will also underscore the relevance of vocation skills as a realistic mechanism for sustainable economic growth considering the experiences of other developed nations.

Rogative Learning in Education for Sustainable Development: Environment, Human Rights and Democracy PDF
Mikael Jensen
The question underlying the investigation in this paper is how within a context of education for sustainable development it is possible to learn about the environment, human rights and democracy and at the same time practice what human rights and democracy stands for. A point of departure which allows more than one way of achieving the desired goal is called rogative learning (or question-based-learning). The rogative learning process is scrutinized from various perspectives, mainly philosophical and educational, in order to see how well it fulfils what is required in education for sustainable development. The advantages of this approach – that it springs from the interests of students and encourages deliberation – and the disadvantages and shortcomings – that it constantly puts the educator to test when it comes to knowledge and the many ways of carrying out an inquiry – are discussed for further investigation.

tatistical Analysis of Electrical Fire Outbreaks in Buildings: Case Study of Lagos State, Nigeria PDF
A. Adekunle, A. Asuquo, N. Essang, I.I. Umanah, K.E. Ibe, Ayo Bamidele Alo
Electrical fires are not always noted despite their prevalence. When fire is severe, it can be difficult to discern whether an electrical appliance started the fire or if a poorly wired plug was the case. Electrical fires are pervasive throughout Lagos state, causing injury, claiming lives, and resulting in large losses of property. Data for this paper covering 2012 to2014 were obtained from various fire services in the country namely:  This paper adopted statistical approach using SPSS tool to determine the possible factors causing electrical fires in buildings thereby providing remedial measures afterwards. Some of the areas covered are: amount lost, number of fire injuries, number of fire deaths, fire origin, items first ignited, month of occurrence, equipment involved in ignition and area covered by fire. It was discovered from analysis that the amount lost per fire for residential building electrical fires in Lagos state for the period considered is more than double that for nonelectrical residential building fires. The functional and structural areas of the building were found to be the most likely to experience electrical fires. Structural components of a building are by far the largest cat­egory of items first ignited in residential building electrical fires. Electrical wiring with its various components was by far the major cause of residential building electrical fires. Remedial measures were provided.



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