Chidi Nzeadibe

Chidi Nzeadibe
University of Nigeria | UNN · Department of Geography

PhD

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Introduction
I am Professor of Environmental Management & Sustainability. I utilize social science methods to explore various dimensions of sustainability and sustainable development in Nigeria and Africa. I currently lead a project on Gender Analysis of Vulnerability to Flood Risk in some Nigerian Communities. My recent research dealt with Geopolitics of climate change-induced conflict and population displacement in West Africa.
Additional affiliations
October 2018 - August 2021
University of Nigeria
Position
  • Head of Department
Education
February 2007 - May 2011
University of Nigeria
Field of study
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability

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A fter travelling from Nigeria to attend ciwm 2007, my prize as winner of the institution's international members Award, i woke up early on Tuesday in readiness for the day's events. Once registered on site i proceeded to the exhibition stands moving from one exhibitor to another, asking questions on how waste was being managed in the UK and Europe...
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Purpose The purpose of this study is to describe the nature and operations of schools commonly regarded as “Miracle Examination Centres (MECs)” in Nigeria, through the lens of stakeholders in education. This study also assessed stakeholders’ perspectives on the possible solutions to the problem of MECs. Design/methodology/approach The study design...
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Climate change has remained a major problem around which global development policies are framed. The effects of climate change are rising tremendously and are more evident in Africa with low adaptive capacity to the impacts of climate change and where climate change has led to drought and desertification with consequences for safety and security in...
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This piece rethinks the uncritical adoption of Western models for containment of the pandemic in countries dominated by informal economies arguing in favour of a nuanced adoption of these control practices.
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The quality of the secondary education system in Nigeria is ranked below average by both local and international bodies. Corruption is a major reason for the low ranking and poor performance in secondary schools, and manifests in the form of widespread examination malpractice in Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE). Although there is pu...
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Certificates obtained after taking Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) are priority documents that qualify students to be admitted into tertiary level education and are also a minimum requirement to contest in some political elections in Nigeria. ‘Miracle’ Examination Centres (MECs) are rogue/corrupt business outfits that positi...
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Sand mining contributes immensely to economic development. However, this activity when carried out in a river environment can affect the land use and land cover of the area. The study objectives include mapping, quantifying and assessing the landuse/land cover (LULC) changes of Ava River from 2007 to 2019 and projection from 2020 to 2025 and 2031....
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Covid-19 pandemic has overstretched public health systems and has also devastated the underlying bases of society including food systems, education, and economies. While the effect of the pandemic was initially seen as a public health problem, it has since evolved into a significant human rights concern. With enforcement of Covid-19 control measure...
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Covid-19 pandemic has overstretched public health systems and has also devastated the underlying bases of society including food systems, education, and economies. While the effect of the pandemic was initially seen as a public health problem, it has since evolved into a significant human rights concern. With enforcement of Covid-19 control measure...
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Lagos has witnessed a growing number of commercial motorcyclists in recent times, transporting people and goods in and around the state. Many of these operators moved in from northern Nigeria, where authorities banned the use of motorcycles – notoriously used by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers to carry out attacks. In Lagos, these mot...
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In this article, we argue for policy support for the informal waste economy in Lagos as it has strong economic linkages in the sub-region and beyond. Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the trade.
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Solid waste management is an important public health service because it helps to prevent the transmission of disease. It also has a social significance: piles of uncollected waste in cities are an embarrassment to authorities and can create a political backlash from residents. But many residents make their living from unmanaged waste. About a milli...
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Most of the confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world are in cities, making the pandemic a challenge of urban governance – the planning, financing and management of urban areas – not just one of public health. But much of African city life is not formally planned and managed. Informal settlements have become a way of life in many cities, with preca...
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The education sector is listed among the top-five most corrupt sectors in Nigeria (Sahara Reporters, 2019). This is largely due to examination fraud and malpractice – in 2012 Nigeria was ranked top in the Global Examination Malpractice Index (Information Nigeria, 2012). The so-called ‘Miracle Examination Centres’ (MECs) are mostly associated with p...
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The outbreak and spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is probably the most serious global challenge since World War II. While research has paid considerable attention to the technical, epidemiological and public health aspects of the pandemic in Africa, it neglects the social, economic and political dimensions. Relying on analysis of data on tr...
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Solid waste management (SWM) is a public health service whose importance is often understated. When the solid waste management challenge is exacerbated by a public health emergency such as the Covid-19 pandemic, its real significance as an essential service becomes more apparent. The outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has led t...
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Solid waste management (SWM) is a public health service whose importance is often understated. When the solid waste management challenge is exacerbated by a public health emergency such as the Covid-19 pandemic, its real significance as an essential service becomes more apparent. The outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has led t...
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Solid waste management (SWM) is a public health service whose importance is often understated. When the solid waste management challenge is exacerbated by a public health emergency such as the Covid-19 pandemic, its real significance as an essential service becomes more apparent. The outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has led t...
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Using the qual-dominant mixed methods approach, this study analysed the impact of the separatist threat and the militarization of elections on voter turnout during the 2017 governorship election in Anambra State, Nigeria. Findings indicate that perceived and real marginalization of the Igbo in Nigeria’s state-building is largely driving the neo-Bia...
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This work examines the Solid Waste Management Practices in Onitsha Urban highlighting the various indigenous techniques employed by inhabitants, private and public sector in the management of solid waste to mitigate environmental consequences. In data generation during the research, qualitative and quantitative methods were used. It also involved p...
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Lagos is undoubtedly the cultural capital and economic hub of the West African sub-region. The challenge of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) in the megacity has remained intractable due partly to the increasing rate of population growth. While solid waste policy reforms, investments, and management practices in Lagos are in the upswing in th...
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Lagos is undoubtedly the cultural capital and economic hub of the West African sub-region. The challenge of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) in the megacity has remained intractable due partly to the increasing rate of population growth. While solid waste policy reforms, investments, and management practices in Lagos are in the upswing in th...
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Climate change poses an increasing risk to the agricultural sector and the dynamics that underpin food security. It is one of the main driving forces of the current food insecurity problem in Ethiopia and in Amaro ward in particular. The objectives of this study were to: Examine the current household food security situation in Amaro ward of Ethiopi...
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Lecture highlights the role of waste pickers and scrap dealers in value reclamation from municipal solid waste in Nigerian cities. It focuses on the unacknowledged role of Waste Pickers and Scrap Dealers in value reclamation from Municipal Solid waste with a view to drawing attention to their contributions to inclusive and sustainable MSWM in Niger...
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This study examined the contributions of climate change awareness and pro-environmental behaviour in subjective wellbeing (SWB) of university students. Respondents were 435 students (female =198, male =237), selected from University of Nigeria (Nsukka and Enugu campuses). The average respondent’s age was 21.48 years (SD = 3.54) ranging from 16 to 3...
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Context: Whereas academic discourse on socio-environmental justice (SEJ) globally has focused on race, ethnicity and wealth, and gender inequalities, research on SEJ in relation to children, their well-being and waste management in Africa has remained neglected.This paper focuses on the Almajirai, children in the Islamic educational system, and cri...
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This Special Issue of African Population Studies/Etude de la Population Africaine brings together current research of faculty members at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka on topics relevant to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) but which have tended to be overlooked in population and development research. It pays particular attention to issues...
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Background. Mental health is part of overall health, but there is dearth of research on the rural–urban differences of depression among adolescents in South Africa (SA). Objectives. To present an analysis of rural–urban differences in the prevalence of depression and to assess the sociodemographic predictors of depression among adolescents in SA. M...
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This study examined the associations of extraversion, neuroticism, and connectedness to nature with thriving in adolescence and early adulthood. In addition, the study also tested the hypothesis that connectedness to nature moderates the relationship between the two personality facets and thriving. Two hundred and two participants aged 13-20 years...
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Consideration of future consequences (CFC) as a personality trait is relatively unexplored but yet has many implications across various facets of behaviour including environmental and health behaviours. This study examined the possible association between connectedness to nature and CFC among 467 university undergraduate students of a university in...
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The centrality of waste collection and recycling to the lives of the poor in African cities in the post-2015 development era was the main motivation for this study. Unfortunately, the informal waste economy in Africa is generally excluded from mainstream of urban governance and socio-economic processes. As a result, vulnerabilities abound in the in...
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This study utilized qualitative methods and the urban political ecology (UPE) framework to situate changes in scope and content of undergraduate geography curriculum in Nigeria within the domain of education for sustainability. It was stimulated by significant curriculum-related events in the Geography Department of the University of Nigeria, and s...
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Resilience to climate change depends not only on farmers' internal capacities but also on the agricultural context within which farmers' activities are embedded. The importance of policies in building agricultural resilience is thus widely acknowledged. This chapter examines the extent to which agriculture policies and practices in a major African...
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BACKGROUND. Mental health is part of overall health, but there is dearth of research on the rural-urban differences of depression among adolescents in South Africa (SA).OBJECTIVES. To present an analysis of rural-urban differences in the prevalence of depression and to assess the sociodemographic predictors of depression among adolescents in SA.MET...
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This study argues that the awareness and acceptance of climate change (CC) is key to environmental resource management. CC awareness encompasses the totality of the general knowledge about the phenomenon, its causes, consequences and mitigation possibilities. The study reports the use of the Multi-dimensional Climate Change Awareness Questionnaire...
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This article examines the political economy of collective organising in the motorcycle taxi economy of Nigerian cities. Using the mixed-methods approach, this study demonstrates the nature and problems of collective organising in the motorcycle taxi economy. It notes that implementation of a neo-liberal development policy in Nigeria in the 1980s ga...
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Despite the increase in international remittance flows to Nigeria, there is dearth of studies on the linkages between international migration, remittances and household welfare in the country. This paper investigated the linkages between international migration, remittances and household welfare in Nigeria by examining household consumer and durabl...
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The nature and scope of the problem of Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) in African cities continues to change across space and time in line with changing socio-economic, political and environmental conditions. Crucially, the failure of the formal MSWM systems has paved the way for the emergence of the informal sector. Informal Sector Solid W...
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The Lagos megacity is the cultural capital of Nigeria and the economic hub of the West African sub-region. With an estimated population of 21 million, the megacity is a large market and a major gateway into the sub-region. Consequently, the growth of human population coupled with increased economic activities in Lagos has resulted in high rate of s...
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The Lagos megacity is the cultural capital of Nigeria and the economic hub of the West African sub-region. With an estimated population of 21 million, the megacity is a large market and a major gateway into the sub-region. Consequently, the growth of human population coupled with increased economic activities in Lagos has resulted in high rate of s...
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The problem of municipal solid waste has remained intractable in Nigeria despite the state’s central role in municipal solid waste management (MSWM). Policy and reforms of the MSWM system have invariably excluded the informal economy, with this exclusion frequently reinforced by uncritical implementation of neoliberal development policies. Yet, the...
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This study applies the political ecology perspective in reframing corporate-community engagement and adapts the community-directed intervention (CDI) strategy using Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) framework in relation to 30 rural communities that are likely to be affected by gas exploration and production activities in the Niger Delta re...
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The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act of 1992 aimed to make the environment a central theme in development in Nigeria. Nevertheless, the extent of engagement with local cultures in the Nigerian EIA process is not statutorily guaranteed. While most EIAs in Nigeria have been for oil and gas projects in the Niger Delta, and have focused strong...
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This study examined the contributions of climate change awareness and pro-environmental behaviour in subjective wellbeing of university students. Respondents were 435 students (female =198, male =237), selected from University of Nigeria (Nsukka and Enugu campuses). The average respondent age was 21.48 years (SD = 3.54) ranging from 16 to 38 years....
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Informal waste management (IWM) is integral to the political economy of production and consumption in African cities. Workers in the sector form part of the ensembles whose structural location in the precarious fringes of the social economy is neglected. Though, constitutive of urban informality, some poor elements in survivalist drive, resort to w...
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The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act of 1992 aimed to make the environment a central theme in development in Nigeria. Nevertheless, the extent of engagement with local cultures in the Nigerian EIA process is not statutorily guaranteed. While most EIAs in Nigeria have been for oil and gas projects in the Niger Delta, and have focused strong...
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Aba is a politically volatile, economically vibrant but environmentally poor city that is a microcosm of social conditions in the Nigerian urban informal economy. Hence, this study interrogates the social sustainability of waste picking in the city, using a hybrid of political economy and sustainable livelihoods frameworks to explicate social cond...
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As the debates on the definition, scope and applicability of the terms ‘informal sector’ and in more recent years, the ‘informal economy’ continue, there is a growing interest in the heterogeneity, dynamism and complexity of the sector. This has necessitated a focus on internal differentiation and social relations of power within the informal econo...
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This paper is focused on the availability and utilization of educational resources in selected rural communities in Enugu State: Implication for actualization of millennium development goal No2 in Nigeria. The study was guided by three research questions formulated in line with three specific objectives. The population of the study was 118 primary...
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Solid waste management (SWM) is an urban issue which often serves as a proxy indicator of the quality of city governance. In Nigeria, a combination of problems bordering on governance has contributed to producing and maintaining service deficits in the solid waste sector. Nigerian cities also do not have formal resource recovery programmes and wast...
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Informal waste management (IWM) has over the years been a contentious issue in urban development policy in Africa. Suprisingly, knowledge contributions on the subject have remained somewhat poorly assessed by urban development researchers throughout the continent. This study reviews developments in IWM in Africa drawing from lessons learned over a...
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In Nigeria there is a glaring absence of formal recycling of municipal waste. As a result, the informal sector has taken up the role of “critical but unacknowledged gap filler” in the waste recycling system, achieving low but significant recycling rates. This policy note deals with what can be done to improve recycling performance in Nigerian citie...
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Quality of life (QoL) studies have become acceptable globally as indicators of how well a people are living. They are increasingly being used to identify and design areas of intervention to raise the wellbeing of a population. While studies on livelihoods in the informal waste recycling system of developing country cities have also been on the incr...
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The informal sector in cities of the developing world is often analysed from the prism of urban poverty, social exclusion and limited social integration, and lack of power. While such issues have commanded considerable attention in development literature, contribution of the sector to urban governance and barriers to its social participation in the...
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The aim of this study was to examine the level of awareness of Niger Delta communities about impacts of climate change and to identify and document indigenous innovations and practices for adaptation to climate change by farmers in the region. Three states were randomly selected from the nine states that make up the Niger Delta. Multi-stage samplin...
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Quality of life (QoL) studies have become acceptable globally as indicators of how well a people are living. They are increasingly being used to identify and design areas of intervention to raise the wellbeing of a population. While studies on livelihoods in the informal waste recycling system of developing country cities have also been on the incr...
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In many countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as much as 30 to 50 percent of solid waste produced in urban areas is left uncollected. Land disposal of waste has become an inevitable component of the solid waste management system. Open dump, dump site, dump, uncontrolled dump, and uncontrolled waste disposal site are terms used to describe a...
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In many countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as much as 30 to 50 percent of solid waste produced in urban areas is left uncollected. Land disposal of waste has become an inevitable component of the solid waste management system. Open dump, dump site, dump, uncontrolled dump, and uncontrolled waste disposal site are terms used to describe a...
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The study of happiness, life satisfaction, and wellbeing has gained greater acceptance. It has become one of the indices on which nations are ranked. This index would seem to be a valid measure of how well people are living and flourishing. Overall, studies have relied on socio-economic, health, demographic and political factors to determine the ex...
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Climate change is a major issue around which global development policy is being framed over the past few years. Because of low adaptive capacities and the projected impacts of climate change, a consensus has emerged that developing countries are more vulnerable to climate change than developed countries. This is due to the predominance of rain-fed...
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Solid waste management (SWM) in many low- and middle–income countries is sometimes driven by the informal sector. Unfortunately, contributions of the sector to SWM are not acknowledged in many developing countries. This situation often arises from inadequate awareness and lack of advocacy for these development contributions. This article reports on...
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This study examined the sustainability of waste scavenging and recycling as a livelihood in Aba urban area of Abia State, Nigeria. Joint quantitative/qualitative methodologies comprising a questionnaire survey of 401 waste pickers and 195 waste dealers sampled purposively, focus group discussions (FGDs), Key-informant interviews (KIIs), field obser...
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This chapter presents a non-engineering treatment of water recycling so that nonspecialists readers will be in a position to understand and appreciate the concept. It is intended to fill a long-felt need at the academic and policy level, and among social and earth scientists, especially in Nigeria, for a straightforward and systematic analysis of t...
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This study examined the social, infrastructural and economic conditions prevalent in some rural communities of Enugu State, Nigeria, where recent oil and gas prospecting activities have generated concerns for the environment and quality of rural life. Mixed but complimentary methods of data collection employed include consultations with key stakeho...
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Recent research in solid waste governance in Nigeria has paid considerable attention to activities in the informal sector. Innovations related to social dynamics and entrepreneurship initiatives of the sector have been quite remarkable. Opinions have, however, differed on the real significance of informal sector innovations within the solid waste g...
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A contemporary paradigm shift in waste management is to regard wastes as resources. One approach to exploiting the resource value in waste is recycling. Waste recycling in low- and middle- income countries is being driven by the informal sector, often with minimal if any input from institutions of the state. The focus of this chapter is on the ofte...
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Investigations on scavenger activities and their contribution to informal sector recycling in Nigeria have been documented but the impact of waste scavenging on scavengers' and public health is however not clearly understood. Using Q methodology this paper evaluates the public health implications of waste scavenging in Abuja Nigeria. A set of 50 Q...
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Investigations on scavenger activities and their contribution to informal sector recycling in Nigeria have been documented but the impact of waste scavenging on scavengers' and public health is however not clearly understood. Using Q methodology this paper evaluates the public health implications of waste scavenging in Abuja Nigeria. A set of 50 Q...
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The status of solid waste management in a city is often considered an index for assessing governance. In cities of the developing world, the informal sector plays an important role in the management of solid waste. This paper examines the position of the informal recycling sector in the planning and reform of solid waste management in the city of E...
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This article examines drivers of waste recovery and recycling in the informal waste sector in Nsukka urban area of Enugu State, southeastern Nigeria. Data on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of waste pickers and waste dealers in the area were obtained using questionnaire survey, ethnographic interviews and field observations. Analyses...
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This paper reports on a study of the informal waste management sector in Nsukka sub-region of Nigeria that was conducted by final year geography undergraduates. The purposes of this exercise were to impart to the students a range of social science research skills and to expose them to the business opportunities provided by recycling. Both informal...