The Multifaceted Waste Management Issues in Nigeria: Lagos State as a Case Study.
13 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2018 Last revised: 12 Dec 2018
Date Written: August 20, 2018
Nigeria is presently experiencing adverse pollution as a result of lack of proper waste management and diverse industrial activities within its environs. The repercussion of this has consequently led to the deplorable state of the environment as well as the low quality of health amongst Nigerians. Solid waste management has become a huge and complex problem due to geometric population growth, urbanization, and industrialization and the rising standard of living. It is evident that solid waste management in Nigeria is plagued with inefficient collection methods, insufficient coverage of the collection system, improper disposal of wastes, lack of institutional coordination, insufficient financial resources, the absence of enforceable regulations and standards, and inappropriate technology. It is therefore pertinent to state that laws and policies, as well as the institutional, political, socio-cultural, financial, economic and technical aspects of solid waste management, should be accorded the requisite attention. This paper points out the health hazards of the wrongful emission of toxic gases as a result of waste burning, the legal framework in place to tackle this menace and the modern and sustainable approach to waste management in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
Keywords: Pollution, Waste Management, Toxic Gases, Health Hazards
JEL Classification: K32
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