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Dump site scavengers in Abuja lament scarcity of waste in residential neighborhoods  

Obinna Chukwuezie @obinnachukwuzie

It is not a pleasant time for most scavengers in Abuja, a scavenger told “Before now, every two days, when I go a waste bin in an estate or other residential areas, I meet a filled waste bin which I pick a lot of waste items to sell. But now, I hardly find a filled waste bin in two weeks. It is not a good time for me and most of my colleagues. It is frustrating to move around a whole day without getting something” The scavenger, who does not want his name on print, said.

On why there is dwindling refuse, he said “recession has made things difficult in Abuja now, which is why people do not waste anything. People barely have enough to use, let alone waste.”

With big sack hanging behind his back and a wooden or iron hook in his hand, the scavenger rummage through the open air dump sites and waste bins daily in neighborhoods in search of waste items. “I make between Five and Ten Thousand Naira daily on average”, the scavenger said.

As wastes continue to litter in Nigeria’s capital, scavenging business has continued to grow. Currently, there are over a thousand scavengers according to the scavenger who spoke to our correspondent. “We have a union and elected officials.”

The scavenger who is a father of two, and have been in scavenging business for five years appealed to President Buhari to do something to ease the hardship that residents face so that “we would not be out of job.”


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