Assessment of Job Satisfacton among Extension Workers in Ondo State Agricultural Development Project, Nigeria

Authors : Obabire, I. E., Atere, O. B., Adedapo, A. O.

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 10 - October

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The study examined the level of job satisfaction among extension workers in Ondo State. A multi-stage random sampling procedure was used to select 43 extension workers from whom data were elicited, through the use of a well-structured questionnaire consisting of socio-economic characteristics, job characteristics and job satisfaction variables. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as Frequency counts, Percentage, Mean, Standard Deviation and Pearson Product Moment Correlation. The findings revealed that the mean age of the extension workers was 42.86±9.36 years and 79.1% of them were males, 90.7% were married and 53.5% had Diploma certificate. The mean income and household size were N73,157.49±40,844.16 and 5.30±1.91 persons, respectively. The findings showed that the extension workers were satisfied with 20 out of 32 job satisfaction variables presented to them. These were qualification for job with the mean (x̅) of 4.35, job specialization (x̅=4.07), communicating recommended practices (x̅=3.93), direction by supervisors (x̅=3.91), identifying farmers’ problems (x̅=3.84), relationship among professionals and administrative staff (x̅=3.84) among others. However, they were dissatisfied with their motivation (x̅=2.65), availability of experimental land (x̅=2.95), quality of labour/technical help (x̅=2.86), sanctions (x̅=2.86), financial support for self and family (x̅=2.74), rewarding system (x̅=2.70), budgeting (x̅=2.65), and availability of labour/technical help (x̅=2.60), among others. Most (74.4%) were moderately satisfied with their job. Age (r=0.132, p=0.403) and household size (r=-0.091, p=0.561) of the extension workers were not significantly correlated with their job satisfaction. Their level of job satisfaction was moderate and was not influenced by age and their household. However, adequate motivation, provision of adequate experimental land, improved labour/technical help, fair sanctions and adequate financial support must be ensured to improve job satisfaction among extension workers in the study area.

Keywords : Analysis, extension workers, job satisfaction, agricultural development project.


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