1.1 Background to the Study
Poor market sanitation is an intractable problem in Nigeria and has contributed to the spread of infectious diseases and environment degradation. This study was undertaken to determine the awareness and practice of solid waste management in the Benin Market among market users.
The market is supposed to be kept clean because it is a place in which people from all works of life meet in order to buy what the family needs. Being exposed to environmental waste could affect their health.
The Benin market to be specific in ancient times had a culture of market maintenance as people were assigned by the government to carry dirt from the market as at when necessary.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
Traders and buyers in the market place, including the passersby, are negligent in their attitude towards the sanitation of the market place. On the other hand taxes are collected from traders who sell by the road side and the environment untidy.
This affects the health of traders and buyers and the passersby who go through the market each day.
The researcher has discovered that artist who painted the market scenes are mainly concerned with the aesthetical value of the market and also most of these art works are produced in oil or acrylic on canvas.
The researcher has decided to tackle the problem of market sanction with another medium which is a mixed – media representation (charcoal, pastel and other materials) other than oil painting or acrylic.
1.3 Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this study is to;
Show that there is an urgent need to improve waste collection, and disposal in the Benin market.
Show the carefree attitude of the traders in the market.
Show the bad condition of the Benin market using charcoal, pastel and other materials.
1.4 Significance of the Study
The significance of the study is for the following reasons;
To the artist: The research tells them to be able to use charcoal, pastel and other materials to convey important messages to the society as a means of expression and documentation.
To the public: The research points out the urgent need to maintain decency in the market place. To tell them that the market environment can be a place of neatness and it is wrong to contribute to the already bad condition of the market by throwing waste on the ground when there is a dust bin nearby.
To the government: To create an awareness to the government that more attention should be given to the market as regards the dirt in it, as it will go a long way to protect the health of the citizens both young and old.
1.5 Scope/Delimitation of the Study
All visual and the depiction of the painting will be done with oil on canvas. Size:
5ft by 7ft. (mix media painting, colour, composition,
The spatial coverage of this study Is Edo State, Benin City the ring road market to be specifi