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AASCIT Communications | Volume 5, Issue 2 | Apr. 27, 2018 online | Page:29-36
The Changing Patterns of Gambling in Benue State: The Case of Emerging Role of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in Contemporary Makurdi Metropolis
This paper describes a number of significant alterations in the patterns of gambling and its Implications among the people of Benue State, Nigeria. It seeks to examine the changing patterns of gambling in Benue State; and focus on the emerging role of ICT. It explores the evolution and development of Gambling among the people and advances factors responsible for these changes. It also, analyses trends of gambling in contemporary Makurdi Metropolis and explains its implications on the society. The objectives of the study were achieved through the collection and analysis of primary and secondary data. The primary data were collected through the use of questionnaire, oral interview and personal observation. It observed that the results of the changes are both positive and negative. On the one hand, the changes had opened avenues for gambling agents to be gainfully employed and increase the social capital of those in the business. On the other hand, there has been increase in crime and other social vices as well as a rise in reported cases of delinquent behaviours associated with gambling. The paper posits that comprehensive studies that will explore the causes and implications of gambling need to be conduct in Benue State and the nation at large in order to have a nuanced understanding of the phenomenon, as well as the trajectories of its dynamics.
Samuel Alegwu Omanchi, Department of Political Science &International Relations, Kwararafa University, Wukari, Nigeria.
Kelly Osariemen Okpamen, Department of Sociology, Federal University, Wukari, Nigeria.
Changing Patterns, Gambling, ICT, Makurdi Metropolis
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Submitted: Nov. 28, 2017
Accepted: Dec. 12, 2017
Published: Apr. 27, 2018
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