Investigating the Effects of Urbanization on Environmental Degradation in Yenagoa Metropolis, Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria (Published)
The study investigated the effect of urbanization on environmental degradation in Yenagoa metropolis, Bayelsa State. The concentric zone model provided the theoretical framework for this study. The correlational study design served as the study design, while probability and non-probability sampling techniques were used for the sampling procedures. Using Taro Yamane formula, the study sampled a total of 339 respondents. Data for the study was gathered through structured questionnaires. Data collected for the study was subjected to statistical analysis using percentages, frequency distributions table, pie chart, mean, binary logistics regression and Pearson correlation with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 23.0. Based on analysis, the study concluded that rapid urbanization led to housing problem, flooding and poor sanitary conditions. Based on the findings, the study recommended quality housing structure, environmental sanitation and effective urban planning by Yenagoa Capital City Development Authority to prevent degradation of the environment.