IBADAN: a city swallowed in her own waste

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    Over the years Ibadan has been seen as an emerging economic hub in Nigeria. With a vast population of about 3.5 million and still growing.

    However, despite the diverse economic activities in the city, a note of worry is the rate at which the mammoth wastes being generated are growing at a geometric progression. Though, they have been several efforts from the government to combat the issue of waste in the city, the problem appears to be beyond control.

    Recently, the government decided to adopt the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme, but this development has suffered several setbacks as the waste keeps piling up in every available open spaces. With several illegal dumpsites all around, one would worry about the hygiene of the teeming population and also the impact on the environment. Despite the fact that the PPP scheme adopted by the government has proved to be a viable approach, in ensuring environmental sustainability in most urban settlements, the result in Ibadan is still a far cry compared to other urban cities where it is practiced. A keen look at the terrain in the city, one will be able to deduce why the scheme had suffered several setbacks.

    Ibadan residents are coming from a background where it is the government that takes sole responsibility of managing their wastes at no cost. Though the government still engages the services of private waste contractors, but the contractors are paid by the government to ensure sanity in the city in terms of waste management. Due to the need of the government to cut down operational costs of governance, and also seeking means to increase the Internally Generated Revenue Heap of refuse blocking the drainage at Odo-Ona in Apata area of ibadan, South West Nigeria (PHOTO: NAN) Heap of refuse blocking the drainage at Odo-Ona in Apata area of ibadan, South West Nigeria (PHOTO: NAN) (I.G.R) for the state as a whole, there is a need to engage in PPP on the issue of waste management, so as to ensure effectiveness and also earn the government a required income…

    source: By Jide Shittu

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