ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF POOR SANITATION CULTURE AMONG RESIDENTS OF UYO METROPOLIS

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ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF POOR SANITATION CULTURE AMONG RESIDENTS OF UYO METROPOLIS

Introduction

Urban solid waste management is a statutory function of the Local Government Council. This is with the provision of the Nigerian constitution that saddles the local government with waste and public health issue. Waste management procedures adopted in urban markets, business centres and residential buildings in Uyo metropolis is inefficient. In view of the fact that the receptacles or trash bins provided failed to cater for the needs of the population which is rapidly growing, the amount of waste generated in Uyo Metropolis is on their increase due to urbanization and the disposal of domestic waste become indiscriminate, dumping on land, in drains, and water bodies. This is becoming a common features of urban environment and therefore has been a serious ecological hazard (Ogra, 2003).

Urban or municipal solid waste and liquid management system in Uyo metropolis are characterized by so many unethical impacts. Some of the urban solid waste management problems in the study area include absence of waste storage at source and non-segregation at source, use of inefficient tools, inadequate transportation of waste, non-processing of waste, lean budget allocation and lack of institutional and administrative involvement (Omutta, 1988).

A key challenge facing many countries in the developing world and cities undergoing rapid urbanization is the issue of sanitation and waste management. In many of these developing countries, cities, rapid urban growth has far outpaced metropolitan and municipal authorities capacity to provide basic services including adequate sanitation (Okpala, 1986).

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