The Legal Framework for Solid Waste Disposal and Management in Kwara State, Nigeria

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THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL AND MANAGEMENT IN KWARA STATE, NIGERIA

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ABSTRACT
Solid waste such as “garbage” “trash” “refuse” “slug” and “rubbish” is disposed off or is required to be disposed off in accordance with national law. The study relies on primary and secondary sources of information. The primary sources include the Constitution, statutes and subsidiary legislation. The secondary sources of information include books, journals, conference proceedings, newspapers, magazines and internet materials. The information obtained from these sources is subjected to content and contextual analysis. The study examines the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency Law, 1992 and other laws on waste disposal and management in Kwara State, Nigeria. The study also examines the regulations and the agency i.e. the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency created by the law with a view to determine the inadequacies in the law.

 

1. Introduction

There is no doubt that a dirty environment affects the standard of living, aesthetic sensibilities, health of the people and the quality of their lives [1]. In recognition of the need to take a holistic approach to environmental management in Nigeria, the Federal Government created the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in 1988 [2] through the Federal Environmental Protection Act (FEPA) 2007. All States and Local Governments were equally directed by FEPA to establish Environmental Protection Commission and Committees respectively. Thus, the Kwara State Government created the Kwara Waste and Environmental Protection Agency (KWEPA) under the Kwara State Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency through the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency Law 1992. Charged with the responsibility of waste management and disposal within the state, it is against this background that this paper examines the law on solid wastes disposal and management in Kwara state, Nigeria. The paper also identifies the various challenges facing waste management and disposal in the State with a view to make recommendation on how to tackle the problem.

THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL AND MANAGEMENT IN KWARA STATE, NIGERIA

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