Environmental Identities and Attitudes to Crude Oil Pipeline Vandalism in the Niger Delta

Published: 20 March 2023| Version 3 | DOI: 10.17632/62x26ngh6v.3


This dataset provides an insight into the environmental identities of youths in the oil producing communities of Niger Delta and their attitudes towards pipeline vandalism. The dataset addresses four main areas, namely (a) youths’ environmental identity scores in the oil producing areas of Niger Delta, (b) the youths' attitudes towards pipeline vandalism, (c) the socioeconomic factors associated to environmental identity scores and attitudes towards pipeline vandalism, and (d) the relationship between environmental identity scores and attitudes to oil pipeline vandalism. The dataset is expected to benefit policy makers, academics and other stakeholders that participate in the oil and gas industry in Niger Delta. The dataset can also benefit researchers who wish to seek further insight into the problem of crude oil pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta areas.


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The research adopted a cross sectional survey design. Primary data were sourced from well structured questionnaire including; standard environmental identity scale, attitude towards pipeline vandalism scale, socioeconomic status questions, interviews of key stakeholders, and focus group discussion with youths. With the use of the Nigerian oil spill monitor, secondary data and interviews, multistage sampling technique was used to purposively select twelve host communities from three major oil producing local government areas namely; Warri South, ONELGA, and Yenagoa in Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States respectively for the study. A sample size of 664 youths (18 – 30yrs) was derived from the target population using Cochran’s sample size formula. Data were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistics with the use of Statistical package for Social Sciences (SPSS). T-test was used to test the significance difference of environmental identity and attitude towards pipeline vandalism mean scores. T-test statistics was also used to test for significant differences in attitude towards pipeline vandalism and environmental identity mean scores on account of gender, marital status, ownership of farmland, experience of pollution on farmland and experience of pollution on community’s land. One way ANOVA was used to compare the difference in the means of the socioeconomic groups (occupation, education, source of income, level of income and length of residency) based on the youth’s attitude towards pipeline vandalism and their environmental identity mean scores. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was used to test for significant relationships between age and environmental identity mean scores, age and attitude towards pipeline vandalism mean scores, and attitude towards pipeline vandalism and environmental identity mean scores. For the qualitative data analysis, content analysis was applied


Pace University Lubin School of Business, University of Nigeria


Environmental Psychology, Environmental Pollution, Socioeconomic Environmental Impact, Environmental Attitude, Environmental Sustainability