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Electioneering Campaigns, Solid Waste and Sustainable Physical Environment in Nigerian Cities: A Case Study of Lagos Metropolis

Egunyomi, Debora A. and Aderogba, Kofo A. (2016) Electioneering Campaigns, Solid Waste and Sustainable Physical Environment in Nigerian Cities: A Case Study of Lagos Metropolis. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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This work has studied the waste generated in the 2015 general election as well as the consequences, and made recommendations for a sustainable physical environment. Lagos Metropolis was used as a case study. 50 major streets and roads of the Metropolis were toured. Photographs of portraits, logos, billboards and handbills were taken. Internet browsing was carried out, interview were conducted with 2 chieftains each of 3 of the 29 political parties, and 3 Managers of 3 of the renowned printing companies that printed for the parties were interviewed. The investigators joined campaign trails and observed the display of campaign materials. Maps, charts, and tables were used for data analysis and presentation. Photographic shots taken were well represented. Degradable and non-degradable waste were generated: printing papers, clothes, fliers and billboards, party uniforms and attires, souvenirs, etc. made of wood, nails, iron rods, metal sheets, plastics, synthetic fibres, gum and yarn etc. were abandoned in the physical environment after the elections. The Metropolis had additional 31,020 kg undesirable material which became instruments of soaring and unabated environmental pollution, erosion blockage, hideouts for destitute and disease vectors. They made the once scenic environment ugly. Electoral programmes and policies should incorporate guidelines on the type of campaign materials and their likely impact on the physical environment. Politicians and the electorate also require adequate education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political activities, solid waste, sustainable physical environment, Lagos Metropolis
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 07:47
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 07:47

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