Our failed urbanisation…and the International Year of Sanitation


The year 2008 the International Year of Sanitation….

A good time to reflect again on our environment in Nigeria

We have previously blogged on the sad state of the environment in Nigeria’s cities…and applauded the efforts of some governors that seem to be taking on the challenge….

Imo State Governor, Ikedim Ohakim…the most unlikely of all the 36 Governors has taken up the most unlikey challenge ….making of Owerri beautiful again.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola wants to ensure that Lagos remains a beautiful city. (not sure what he means by “remains”:))


In Nigeria…there is Abuja…

And there are cities like Onitsha…

Onitsha metropolis, with a population of close to two million people, has no running water and no solid or liquid waste management system. Flooding by a combination of storm water runoff and open sewerage is widespread.

The images below were sent to us by our friends at the World Igbo Environmental Foundation.

What hope is there for health if you live and work in this environment?


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (www.epiafric.com), which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

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