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Expert faults waste management system in cities

Published by Tribune on Mon, 03 Sep 2012


Nigeria's municipal waste management is inefficient and complex, says Mrs Olufunke Babade, the Director, Pollution Control and Environmental Health Department, Federal Ministry of Environment.Babade said this in Lagos at a three-day National Stakeholders' workshop on the Review of the Draft National Policy on Municipal Waste and Agricultural Waste Management.She said that the complexity arose not only because of the huge quantities of waste produced by the modern society, but because of differences in the composition of the waste.According to her, municipal waste management posed a great threat to human health and well-being.She said that it also endangered ecosystem resources, thereby worsening vulnerability to climate change and accelerating land degradation with adverse impact on the nation's economic activities.Lamenting the method of waste collection and improper disposal method, Babade said: "Unmanaged dump sites are spontaneously burned by scavengers emit large amounts of Unintentional Persistence Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) in the environment.''She noted that the pollutants were highly toxic and accumulated in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.She said that exposure to these toxic substances caused death, illnesses, including disruption of the endocrine, reproductive, immue systems and neuro-behavioral disorders and cancers.
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