GIS for sustainable living in the riverine communities in edu local government area of Kwara State, Nigeria

Emmanuel Okunlola Oriola, Cynthia Chinelo Chibuike


The importance of information in contemporary time is an issue that cannot be handled with levity. It implies that
information has become power that pivot and propel the wheels of development. In this vein, this pilot study
attempts to provide adequate information for sustainable development of riverine communities of Edu Local
Government Area of Kwara state, Nigeria. Edu Local Government area was divided into three pragmatic zones
based on the administrative districts. In each of the districts, Geographical Information System analytical tool was
used to harvest and treat the data for subsequent interpretation. The coordinates of various locations of interest were
captured, contour and slope maps of the area were generated to finally produce risk map for the area. The results
revealed three distinct risk zones; High, Moderate and low-risk areas. Three settlements fall into low-risk areas with
elevations above 196m, two settlements located at between 110m and196m are within moderate risk zone and six
settlements in High-risk area with elevations below 110m. This study concludes that the riverine communities in
Edu LGA are prone to flood risk. The study recommends public enlightenment on how man interacts with the
environment and the implications, the trend in climate and weather in relation to flood and its consequences;
environmental education and Stakeholder’s forum should be organized as avenue for disseminating and educating
the people for better and sustainable living in their various communities.

Keywords: community, flood, information, living, risk, riverine

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