Age and Sex Differences in Information Utilization Among Legislators in Benue State of Nigeria
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 9 No. 2 (2008): Vol-9-Issue-2-February-2008
Information is an indispensable factor for promoting the development of society and also an essential
part of a nation’s resources. It is therefore the raw material for making decision for creating knowledge
and fueling the modern organization. To succeed in any aspect of human endeavour, accessibility to
quick and up-to-date information is very essential.
Information seeking is a fundamental human process and Abu (1986) stated that there is an interaction
of information needs and user behaviour. It is widely accepted that information needs and user
influence the user behaviour pattern in utilizing and exchanging information. This view is supported by
Tijani (2001) who asserted that information is available only when decision-makers use it to avert any
adverse decision that otherwise would had have been taken. This observation had earlier on been
made by Demekaa (2005) and Etim (1992) they characterized information as expensive, but also avert
that lack of information or information or ignorance of its existence could be even more costly.