SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN SOME SELECTED NEIGHBORHOOD OF MINNA, NIGER STATE
Minna Metropolis is the capital city of Niger State, Nigeria and Minna is experiencing rapid urbanization and its associated challenges including management of municipal solid waste. Waste management in Minna metropolis is the duty of the State Ministry of Environment in conjunction with Niger State Environmental Protection Agency (NISEPA). This research examines solid waste management in some selected neighborhood of Minna. The main objective is to use a digitized map of Minna with integrated geographical coordinate to map out the existing major dumpsites in Bosso, to show the distributions of the major dumpsites in Minna. The result of this research shows dumpsites are mostly found around the unplanned settlements in Minna while the waste bins are found in the planned settlements in Minna. Some of the dumpsites were found very close to residential areas and major roads which could be a causative agent of diseases to people that were resident around those areas. This study recommends the creation and integration of community-based solid waste management initiatives, especially in low-income and high-density areas of Minna metropolis. The initiatives would save cost, generate income and service opportunities, safeguard local values, encourage public participation, and minimize government investment in solid waste management services.
Keywords: Waste Management, Dumpsites, Waste Bins, GIS