Use of mobile phones for the awareness of climate change in Kuje Area Council, Abuja Nigeria


  • Maureen N. Chukwu
  • Samson Joshua Kadafur


conducive environment, deforestation, phone providers, stakeholders, educational projects


The project explored use of mobile phone for the awareness of climate change Kuje Area Council, Abuja Nigeria. The research was motivated by bush and waste burning, deforestation, cooking with fire woods and coals in Kuje Area Council which are dominant contributors to climate change. A total of 80 residents of Kuje (40 males and 40 females) participated in a six week programme voluntarily. In the course of the programme, text messages, e-mails, pictures and jingles warning against climate change were sent out with the help of mobile phones. Data were collected from the participants using structured questionnaire which was validated through peer review and pilot testing. Data collected were analyzed using a paired t-test, an independent t-test and Turkey’s HSD test. The various ways of maintaining clean and conducive environments were learnt by participants, which impacted positively on their awareness of climate change. Results showed that the participants’ knowledge of mobile phone learning increased significantly and there was a significant difference between the genders in the pre-project test (P=0.05). It is recommended that mobile phone should be used as a medium of climate change awareness. Similarly, participants should be given the opportunities that enable them to engage in other m-learning activities.

Résumé : Le projet a exploré l'utilisation du téléphone mobile dans la sensibilisation au changement climatique des habitants de Conseil de Région Kuje, Abuja le Nigeria. La recherche a été motivée par les incendies de forêt, l’incinération des déchets, le déboisement, la cuisson au feu de bois et de charbon dans le Conseil de Région Kuje qui sont des facteurs dominants du changement climatique. Un total de 80 résidents de Kuje (40 mâles et 40 femelles) a participé volontairement à un programme de six semaines. Au cours du programme, des textos, des courriels, des images et des jingles mettant en garde contre le changement climatique ont été envoyés avec l'aide de téléphones portables. Des données ont été recueillies des participants utilisant le questionnaire structuré qui a été validé par la révision par les pairs et le test de pilotage. Les données recueillies ont été analysées en utilisant un test t apparié, un test t indépendant et le test HSD turque. Les participants ont appris diverses manières de maintenir l’environnement propre et propice, ce qui ont eu un impact sur leur prise de conscience par rapport au changement climatique. Les résultats ont montré que les connaissances des participants en matière d’apprentissage par téléphone mobile ont considérablement augmenté et il y avait une différence significative entre les genres dans le test (P=0.05) du préprojet. Il est recommandé que le téléphone mobile soit utilisé comme un médium d’éveil des consciences sur le changement climatique. De même on devrait donner aux participants l’opportunités de participer à d’autres activités d’apprentissage par téléphonie mobile.

Author Biographies

Maureen N. Chukwu

Department of Pure and Applied Sciences,
Faculty of Science,
National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja

Samson Joshua Kadafur

Department of Environmental Sciences,
Faculty of Science,
National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja


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How to Cite

Chukwu, M. N., & Kadafur , S. J. (2019). Use of mobile phones for the awareness of climate change in Kuje Area Council, Abuja Nigeria. West African Journal of Open and Flexible Learning, 8(1), 25–34. Retrieved from



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