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August 3, 2020
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Nigerian Govt Fumes over Improper Waste Disposal


By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

Nigeria’s minister of Environment, Mahmoud Muhammed on Monday groaned over indiscriminate dumping of solid waste in different parts of the country, particularly major cities like Abuja and Lagos, saying this is causing great havoc to the environment.


The minister, who stated this in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State during of commissioning/ Handover of Community-based waste management project, noted that all manners of wastes being disposed-off indiscriminately on open and unlined pits, drainage systems, water bodies and on any available space affect existence of human beings.


According to him, the problem is being exacerbated by urban migration, over population, emergence of urban slums, industrialization, inadequate resources and facilities to sustainably manage waste that are being generated.

Mahmoud lamented that the menace, particularly in the urban areas is one of the gravest environmental challenges facing the country. 

He, however, stressed that the community-based waste management programme is an intervention scheme of the federal government in municipal solid waste management, designed to assist states manage their municipal solid wastes in environmentally sound manner.


“The menace posed by municipal solid waste in Nigeria, particularly in our urban areas is one of the gravest environmental challenges facing the country. The problem is exacerbated by urban migration, over population, emergence of urban slums, industrialization, changes in consumption patterns, inadequate planning, inadequate resources and facilities to sustainably manage waste that are being generated.


“In recent years, States and Local Governments throughout the federation have intensified efforts to ensure that municipal solid wastes generated within their domain are properly managed.


“However, the problem still persists as all manners of wastes are disposed-off indiscriminately on open and unlined pits, drainage systems, water bodies and in fact on any available space.


“More worrisome is the fact that both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes inciuding hospital wastes are disposed-off in dumpsites and burnt open|y. These practices pose great risk to the health of our citizens and the environment,” the minister said.

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