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Published On: Thu, Apr 12th, 2018

60 years after, community laments health hazards of refuse dump

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From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

The Anguwan Shanu Community in Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State has expressed dismay over the huge refuse dump site located along the Sadiq Mamman Lagos Road in the area which has become health hazard to residents.
The residents made these assertions when a team of climate and environmental reporters visited the community yesterday.
A resident, Mallam Aliyu Kaya said he was 55 years old and grew up to meet the dump site which is about 60 years old.
According to him, the site is oozing out offensive odour which is not pleasant to the community.
Speaking on the origin of the refuse site, Mallam Kaya said refuse collectors from within Kaduna metropolis always dump the refuse collected from various axis on the site.
He added that the situation became worse when some residents began to use the site for open defecation.
Mallam Kaya said past governments in Kaduna state have made efforts to clear the site but all to no avail, he however commended the government of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai for constructing drainage on the Sadiq Mamman Lagos road which has stopped the refuse during the raining season from being flushed into the community.
He added that the burning of the refuse by scavengers is becoming a climate challenge to the environment as thick smoke takes over the community every day from around 12noon – 2pm.
Mallam Awwal Ali said the residents of Anguwan Shanu are the architect of their own fate because they were careless about their environment and they refused to maintain the standard order of cleanliness.
According to him, no demarcation for refuse dump in the area as every available roads are refuse sites. He said this is bad for a community located within the Kaduna metropolis.
“You can see the drainage government is constructing in this community is being blocked with refuse. If residents of the community help themselves they will caution others not to block the drainage, but they don’t care. Residents hardly carry out sanitation exercise.
“Whoever passes this road will perceive the stench emanating from the dump site and also testify that the community is hot. All kinds of diseases occur here due to inhaling of this stench emanating from this dump site which has been for so long.
“Well the government on their part are trying, however government did not demarcate site for dumping of refuse. But if that is done government do not clear the site as at when due,” he said.
The Anguwan Shanu community with a population of about 300,000, according to a staff in a Primary Healthcare facility (PHC) within the community because of the offensive odour from the refuse, frequently received complains of Diarrhea, Typhoid, Malaria and Cholera. She added that the Facility was not spared because the refuse dump is located behind it.
A community leader in the area, Comrade Usman Gwada said the government has been trying it best, but it needed to do more in order to avoid catastrophe. He called on the community members to help themselves, corporate with community leaders and the government so as to find a lasting solution to this matter.

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