Water and People: Perception and Management Practices in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

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Cultural perceptions and traditions are part of the intangible aspects of water resources management. However, little attention has been given to their impact on water management issues such as access, use, or allocation, as well as the success of state water projects. This article looks at these issues through a case study of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, drawing on interviews, observations, village meetings, and group discussions among the major ethnic groups in the state. It is argued that knowledge of water as well as management practices is mostly tied to the prevailing belief systems of the people, which are somewhat linked to tradition. This has implications for policies on water resources management in Nigeria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-596
JournalSociety & Natural Resources
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2011


  • cultural tradition
  • informal institutions
  • state policies
  • water resources

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