Accessibility as a determinant of social service centres utilization Boripe local government area in Osun State, Nigeria
Accessibility to social services is regarded as a major indicator of both human and economic development. However, the developing nations of the world are grossly besieged by poor accessibility especially by road to social service centres (SSC) and lopsidedness in the spatial distribution where they are available. This has greatly hampered the ability to provide services that are responsive to the societal challenges facing this region, within a developmental context. Therefore, the study examined the accessibility to these SSC (basically education, health and recreational) by the patrons in terms of the condition of road, distance travelled and mode of transportation as a determinant to their utilization. A total 338 respondents were selected using systematic random sampling from the six (6) political wards as delineated by INEC in the study area for questionnaire administration. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics, crosstabs and chi-square. A total of 122 SSC were identified in the study area, majority (45.6%) of the SSC are accessible by untarred road, 38.7% by tarred road while 15.7% by footpath. In addition, 50.0% of the patrons travelled by foot against 30.0% who accessed the SSC by taxi, while significant relationship was established between the SSC and mode of transportation with c2= 181.9, df =16 and p = 0.000. Condition of roads, which are basic means of access to the SSC, should be improved upon. Such will not only safe the patrons of the travel time but also the inherent cost which may be applicable to enhance their utilization and derivable benefits.Keywords: Accessibility, Location, Patronize, Social Services, Utilization.