Nigeria is an indigenous country filled with over 200 million individuals from all walks of life. It is no wonder that it is the most populated country on the African continent, and where there is overpopulation, its inhabitants will generate massive wastes.
The nation is likewise one of the world’s developing countries. One well-known issue constantly faced by nations labeled as “developing countries” is waste mismanagement, and Nigeria is not different.
In 1973, the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) declared June 5 as World Environment Day (WED) to address ecological issues like global warming, deforestation, and food scarcities. (1)
Considered as one of the greatest yearly functions, the day targets bringing issues to light about environmental manageability issues. However, despite the federal government’s endeavors and the state ministry of environment, most states in Nigeria have stayed dirty.
A walk or drive by around a portion of the rural and undeveloped areas in metropolitan states like Lagos will leave you amazed by how dirty some of the streets can be.
Many Nigerian states are dirty, which is a reality but a few states are messier than others, and, in this article, we will take a look at the below mentioned top dirtiest Nigerian states for 2020.
We get the ranking information for this post from different online and personal surveys and also from NGOs, including Clean-Up Nigeria (2) and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).
Topmost 10 Dirtiest States In Nigeria in 2021
1. Lagos State
Lagos is declared the dirtiest state in Nigeria and it’s also Nigeria’s most extravagant and most developed state. The state actually slacks when it comes to general neatness and waste administration. This is a result of the overpopulation and mass metropolitan immigration this state is confronting, and it doesn’t seem like it will improve at any point soon.
A visit to some bus-stops and even streets will leave you repulsed by how dirty is Lagos state though it is the nation’s most evolved state.
2. Abia State
Abia state is also one of the top 10 Nigerian dirtiest states, and this danger is, to a great extent, credited to the incompetent authorities managing the state’s affairs. Unlike Lagos, the issue of overpopulation does not confront Abia state, but it is still extremely dirty.
Aba, Nigeria’s greatest manufacturing and business center, is one of the urban areas in Abia state that is presently battling with this issue of refuse everywhere.
In addition to the existing waste issues of Abia state, the state is also battling with erosion and floods. This makes some zones in the state extremely uncomfortable for inhabitants.
3. Anambra State
Anambra is another south-western Nigerian state confronted with messiness. Making it the third dirtiest state in the nation. A visit to the well-known city in the state, Onitsha, will leave you stunned at how unkempt it is.
The belief is that the Anambra state government is not doing what it should to restore its waste management organization and punish waste offenders. Fortunately, the current governor is putting forth a valiant effort to control this issue.
4. Kogi State
Kogi state makes the list of the top 10 dirtiest states in Nigeria. It is one of the under-developed states in Nigeria. This underdevelopment is accompanied by filth among occupants who have poor enlightenment on the risks of not taking sufficient care of their current circumstances.
5. Kano State
Kano State is Nigeria’s second most populated state in the country, and the state also has problems with waste management. The state is a Northern state with exceptionally high economic activities, but they neglect the environment.
The majority of Kano’s business sectors and bus-stops are full of dirt because of the absence of dirt hauling trucks, waste bins, and environment officials. Most funds allocated for financing proper waste management are not properly disbursed.
6. Osun State
Osun state is the second South-Western Nigeria state on this rundown and arguably the dirtiest state. The waste issue which this state is confronting is because of the recklessness of its occupants while disposing of their bins.
7. Nassarawa State
Nassarawa State is home to a part of Nigeria’s many mineral assets (3) but has dirtiness issues. Unfortunately, this state is located right next to one of Nigeria’s cleanest urban communities, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
8. Zamfara State
Zamfara state is having terrorism attacks, lack of education, and corruption. These discrepancies have contributed tremendously to the awful condition of the state.
A visit to the well-known urban areas in this state will leave you sad at the degree of waste problems in the state. Like Kano, the funds for these tasks disappear after every allocation.
9. Kaduna State
Kaduna state is Northern Nigeria’s economic stronghold, yet it lacks sanitization from its occupants. The state administrations have worked well to clean the urban communities like the capital city but have disregarded other minor communities during their usual waste controlling endeavors.
10. Ogun State
Lagos’ closest neighbor, Ogun state, is another South-Western Nigerian state confronting issues dealing with the waste created by her people.
The Ogun state government may be working non-stop in keeping the state’s capital city clean, but the lesser communities, market centers, are still extremely dirty and backed up with so many dumps.
In conclusion, this list of “The Top 10 Dirtiest Nigerian States” is not a biased compilation. We are not happy writing this either, but this is another way of creating awareness that we all have a responsibility to keep our cities clean and safe for every citizen’s benefit. And that includes our children, who are more likely to be affected by pollution.
Citizens are advised to take monthly sanitation seriously, and they should adopt proper waste management procedures. We will all be happy and disease-free when we have a clean city.
Photo credits: CNN
Obisesan Oluwatosin Grace is a freelance writer. She has worked as a reporter for a magazine firm called Ijebu Flavors and a content creator with Jetheight Services. She has contributed articles to Howng, Howafrica, Howsouthafrica, Nigeriana, and many more.
Obisesan is obsessed with creativity, and she likes to spend her free time learning how to improve her skills. She enjoys watching Sci-Fi and action movies, reading numerous fictional works, writing poetry, and listening to continental music. She is currently taking a creative writing course at Wesleyan University, USA.