An Analysis of Willingness to Pay (WTP) for Improved Water Supply in Owo Local Government, Ondo State, Nigeria

Tolulope J. Akeju *

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Gbenga J. Oladehinde

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Kasali Abubakar

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Willingness to pay for social services is often regarded as a means of ensuring the long-term sustainability of such services. This paper examines willingness to pay (WTP) for improved water supply in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, Nigeria. Data were collected from 256 households through multi-stage sampling from eleven political wards in Owo. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics and logit regression. Results show that 43% of the residents obtained water from public utility while 20.3% and 18.8% obtained water from well and borehole respectively. Majority of the residents (70.3%) were dissatisfied with unreliable water services but were willing to pay for improved water supply (74.9%). Residents were willing to pay an average sum of N1,617.64 (US$4.5) per month for improved water supply services. The results of logit regression analysis revealed that gender, a frequency of water, education, household size, income, quality of water and connection charges were the factors influencing residents’ willingness to pay (WTP) for improved water supply services in the study area. There is a need for government to create enabling the policy for public-private partnership in the improvement of water supply in the study area.

Keywords: Residents, willingness to pay, water supply, Owo


How to Cite

J. Akeju, Tolulope, Gbenga J. Oladehinde, and Kasali Abubakar. 2018. “An Analysis of Willingness to Pay (WTP) for Improved Water Supply in Owo Local Government, Ondo State, Nigeria”. Asian Research Journal of Arts & Social Sciences 5 (3):1-15. https://doi.org/10.9734/ARJASS/2018/39282.

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