Enhancing awareness and participation of municipal solid waste management in Kano Metropolis, Nigeria
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This paper examines the current management of municipal solid waste in Kano metropolis and highlights the problems that impede efficient management. Focus group discussion was employed to ascertain people’s perception of the existing municipal solid waste management services, expectations, and the extent to which residents are willing to support and participate in the process. The results of the study indicated many issues combined to impede efficient management such as the negative externalities namely: the service is free; the incoherent association of poor management of municipal solid waste with diseases occurrences; religious and cultural beliefs; a pervasive lack of trust of all government institution and initiatives related to municipal waste management services. The results also revealed that although public awareness and participation has been shown to be critical in the success of municipal solid waste management endeavour all over the world, it is absent in Kano metropolis. The study recommends use of focus group disussion and other similar mechanisms such as town meetings to create awareness as a means to enunciate citizens charter that will enhance public support and participation in municipal solid waste management in Kano metropolis.
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