A Recipe for Disaster: An Assessment of Environmental Sanitation Situation in Nigeria

Oluwaseun Olowoporoku


This paper assessed the state of environmental sanitation in Nigeria. Conceptually, it discussed the roles of legislation, provision of facilities and services and promotion of environmentally friendly behaviour in achieving adequate environmental sanitation. The paper expressed the interface between the three. The paper also traced the interventions of the government in environmental sanitation from the colonial to the post-colonial era. It went further to assess the environmental health effects of the environmental sanitation strategy employed by the government at the federal and the state level. The paper concluded that country’s environmental sanitation strategy lacked the necessary ingredients to achieve a healthy environment. It recommended the promulgation of environmental sanitation laws, change in environmental behaviour and provision of facilities and services as key factors in improving the environmental sanitation condition in the country.

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