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Indiscriminate waste dumping in Ibadan metropolis and way out


The ancient city of Ibadan (Oyo State, South-West Nigeria) , Oluyole, the city of brown roofs,Cleanedge solutions was once known as one of the dirtiest city in Nigeria. With time, development and private sector involvement  has given Ibadan a new name and over the last couple of years there has been massive improvement in keeping the state clean, and to an extent, it has successfully yielded a positive result. Due to the high solid waste generation in Nigeria which possesses a great threat to healthy living and environment, this has widely affected Nigerian cities, which makes them suffer in area of effective management of solid waste and the ancient city of Ibadan is not left unaffected. Also, due to the population, unplanned civilization and size of the city, the management of waste hasn’t effectively taken its stand and this has slowed the pace improvement mentioned earlier.

Ibadan had long been at the mercy of perennial flooding, in the 90s and recently in year 2011 and 2015. These has wreaked havoc in the city, leading to property and life loss. One of the most important reason of this occurrence is as a result of indiscriminate dumping of refuse which block water ways and drainage. The Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA) has not successfully penetrated through the urban slum of Ibadan, standard waste disposal management hasn’t been effective in those area and residents of these areas are prominent to indiscriminate disposal of waste in drainage, streets and streams (most especially in raining periods). Although, the state government under the present administration sought the support of the world bank to fund sustainable models which will put a finite end to recurring floods in the city. This has yielded a collaboration with Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), which led to the creation of the Solid Waste management master plan, an integral part of the IUFMP. But this appeared to have also been on a slow pace. The weekly Thursday markets sanitation and last Saturday of the month sanitation in Ibadan always result to massive waste disposal in both rural and urban areas, but the state waste management can only cover few areas of the town to collect refuse gathered during sanitation. Those whose refuse are not collected will be left to dispose indiscriminately in their respective environment. There were times refuse are collected by private waste management organization before the state government terminated all contracts due to their ineffectiveness. Before the termination, some residents found the amount charged by the private waste management too much to pay and expected the government to take total control of their refuse disposal. At a time, the government requested that residents of the state start paying for their refuse disposal in other to help the state waste management function at its best, but this wasn’t effective, as residents held back in placing their refuse where the state Waste Management can easily collect it and avoid paying for the disposal.

The indiscriminate dumping of refuse has been one of the major challenges of the state, stopping indiscriminate refuse disposal means no more floods, no more dirt and promotion of healthy living. In achieving this, stringent laws and rules must be applied to stop the act of indiscriminate refuse disposal. Achieving this feat would require;

CleanEdge solutions

i) Enforcement of Laws and regulations: having laws in place is not our problem but enforcing and disciplining those who go contrary to the regulations. Youths should be employed to monitor the activities of residents on waste disposal, in other to bring to justice those who still chose to dispose their waste indiscriminately. We also need to make sure that their is no  political interference in other to fully succeed in enforcing the laws promulgated.

ii) Functional Solid Waste Management; the government should partner with waste management companies in the state, allow Waste management companies to site companies in the state. This is to ensure that the waste collected by the state waste management is probably disposed or recycled to another product which can serve as use for the state.

All these solutions cannot be achieved without the support of the residents, therefore, it is important that the residents of Ibadan and environs understand the effect of indiscriminate disposal to their respective community and their health life.




















This article is the sole opinion of the writer and not of cleanEdge Solutions.


Disposing Municipal Solid Waste in Nigeria

In our last article we delved into living a healthy life through the maintenance of healthy environment. This article will emphasize on how to dispose our Municipal Solid waste (MSW) without our environment or health being affected. Municipal Solid waste which is also referred to as trash or refuse, are our daily waste products we use in our homes, shops, schools, etc. that are discarded in public. Municipal Solid waste has increased sporadically over the years, due to increase in population and increase in industries and various organizations.

MSW can be classified based on the materials they are made of;

Biodegradable waste; which includes food and kitchen waste

Recyclable material; paper, cardboard, glass, bottles, jars, tin cans, aluminum cans, aluminum foil etc.

Inert waste: construction and demolition waste, dirt, rocks, debris

Toxic waste; Pesticides, and fungicide…

All these classification of waste and many more are what we produce daily in our environments.  Improper management of municipal solid waste is critical to the health and well-being of urban residents (World Bank 2003). Disposing these wastes can be very tasking and this has been a major problem in developing countries, and in some developing countries these wastes are left uncollected.  It takes a well-organized environment to inculcate the habit of healthy disposal of our Municipal waste, but irrespective of that, we should put into consideration the harm we are causing if Municipal solid waste is not properly disposed.

After years of research on how solid wastes can be reused to, researchers came up with solid waste management (SWM) or Sustainable Material Management (SMM) which refers to the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable ways across their entire life cycle. SWM is meant to protect the health of the population, promote environmental quality, develop sustainability, and provide support to economic productivity. Solid waste management should be embraced in all organizations and household in other to help the preservation of the environment and enhance healthy environment.

Different ways of disposing Municipal Solid Waste includes; Recycling, Composting, Disposal and waste to energy. Before disposal there are stages involved in collecting wastes in homes and offices:

Storage facilities: Waste materials should be kept in an unexposed storage facilities before been transferred for disposal. This is to avoid littering and reduce air pollution.

Collection of waste: This is the loading and unloading of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) from homes and industries until it reaches disposal site.

Transfer system: The truck or system used in transferring MSW from collection units should be properly secured, well protected to avoid exposure or dropping to the environment during transportation. The vehicle should be easy to maneuver and easy to collect.

After these stages has been successfully executed, what is left is the means at which the waste will be disposed, which includes; Recycling, Composting, Disposal and waste to energy.

Recycling: This is the recovering of useful materials to be reused for another purpose or the purpose at which they were used for before. There are different companies involved in waste recycling in Nigeria and other part of the world, such as WeRecyclers, metal recycling Ltd, Chanja Datti Co. Ltd. etc. The waste to be recycled is dependent of the classification of waste and the type of waste each recycling companies deals with. As individuals there are ways by which we can reduce or reuse the waste we produce.

Composting: Biodegradable waste products (food wastes, grass trimmings, leaves, crop residues) are mostly taken through the process of composting. This is another way of recycling, which involves decomposing wastes into organic fertilizers for plants. It is carried out under controlled aerobic conditions in which organic matter is broken down into simpler substances. Benefit of composting is that it reduces the amount of biodegradable wastes in the waste stream, resulting in less pollution. The most important thing to understand about composting is that it can be done at our different backyards rather than buy inorganic fertilizer.

Disposal: Waste recycling is not enough to make our Municipal Waste disappear, there are always left over waste which needs disposing. Disposing is the stage when all the collected waste requires a safe disposal.

Waste to energy: Waste products can also be converted to energy for environmental use, this can be done through the use of incinerator. Incinerator combust wastes with high temperature. Noncombustible waste must be sorted out before incineration.

Although we have seen a lot of people investing in the waste collection and recycling business but it’s still not enough. The government at the federal level as a matter of urgency needs to revive its regulatory framework that will attract more investors.

The environmental health officer’s registration council of Nigeria would do well to intensify more effort to monitor and enforce sanitation laws as well as regulate the activities of the franchisees on good sustainable practices.

Also, the officials should be well trained on professionalism, service delivery and ensure that other states within the country have access to quality waste managers who are within reach and can assist on the best approach to managing their waste before collection. We also have a lot of people carrying out advocacy on proper waste management across the country.

Its time for us to improve on our solid waste disposal method in Nigeria so that we can lead an healthy life.

Research Mentor/Support for Citizens’ Report


Location– Lagos, Nigeria.

Type of contract– Consultancy (Full Time)

Duration– 4 months

Department– Research

Programme – Citizens’ Report Initiative

Nigeria Network of NGOs

About us
The Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organisations (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organisations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 2400 organisations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level.
NNNGO aims to promote inter-connectivity at the grassroots, provide opportunities for CSOs/NGOs/CBOs and PVOs to contribute to the advancement of national and global peace through developmental activities focused at the grassroots, whilst networking with each other and other national and international agencies, with the aim of meeting NEEDS/SEEDS/LEEDS, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

About the Project
The project aims to initiate and enhance the monitoring and review of SDGs implementation through Citizen-Generated Data (CGD) in 10 African countries, i.e. 3 each in Southern and East Africa and 4 in West Africa. The methodology for CGD is guided by the concept of “leave no one behind” where the focus is on vulnerable and excluded communities; thus, the choice of indicators, analysis and, sampling technique for additional data will have to reflect this concept. The CGD for the project is intended to be conducted by a team of five Nigerian youths who will engage citizens through survey and Focus Group Discussions. The team will then engage policy makers with briefs created from reports of the research to drive policy change.

About you
We require an individual who will display capacity in the following areas:

•Mentoring of youths who will be conducting the survey, focus group discussions and advocacy in line with programs for the Citizens’ Report Initiative.
• Analysis and synthesis of data and writing of the national citizens report as a shadow SDGs monitoring report.
• Provision of support in the process of developing key messages for policy makers and parliament to be used during advocacy.
Duties will include providing technical support to the country team engaged in the Citizens’ report Initiative as follows:
• To conduct focus group discussions and a survey in three localities
• Adapt Citizens Report guide and guide questions to a county context
• Adapt the survey question to county context this would entail:
Translating survey questions into Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo languages and Pidgin.
• Guide the community level sampling selection process
• Mentor, support and supervise youths to conduct the citizens hearings and the survey to ensure rigour and quality control
• Data analysis and reporting of the outcomes of citizens hearings

Required Skills, Experience and Competencies
• A degree in Statistics or Demography, Social Sciences with a specialty in qualitative research, Economics, Political
Science or related fields.
• Teaching, training or mentoring experience
• Adequate knowledge and understanding of the country’s development issues
• Demonstrable knowledge of SDGs and their application in country context

Closing date: 20th April 2018

Women are encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply



The existence of human is interdependent on his environment. The environment which is the surroundings that accommodate both living and non-living affects both the behavior and development of human. Over the years, the environment has always reacted to the way we treat it and it is very pivotal we treat the environment well, in other to get a reaction that will benefit our existence. Natural disasters such as; Flood, Earthquake, Hurricanes and Landslides are mostly caused by the daily unhealthy activities we carry out in our homes and place of work, and often times, the effects of these disasters outweighs the actions that led to it.

In our daily life, we interact with our environment and one of the ways we do is the disposal of our Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), these are products such as packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, appliances, paint, and batteries. This comes from our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. Statistics shows that every individual contribute an average of 0.40pound waste per day, the ways these wastes are disposed will determine if it will be detrimental to our living or beneficial to it. Municipal Waste disposal has been one of the major challenges Nigeria face when it comes to healthy living, it has become a norm in Nigeria to dispose refuse in streams, river or any flowing water, as they believe this wastes will be transported away from their vicinity but little did they know that it causes more harm, because it’ll flow and coagulate at a point where it’ll block the free flow of water, this will let water flowing to leave it’s pathway and create another path which might lead to homes, shops or work places of people living within, this in turn causes flooding just like we saw in some parts of Ibadan a couple of months ago. As fast developing Nigeria is, it is unbelievable why the act of municipal solid waste disposal into streams hasn’t stopped. Most states in Nigeria today has no standard, consistent and effective means of waste disposal and this has unknowingly caused a lot of hazards in their communities.

Disposal of wastes should be done with consideration to the environment. Despite the fact that a lot of attention has been drawn to incessant dumping of refuse, the trend grows on a daily basis. Waste should not be dumped in river, streams or flowing water, this adversely affects our homes, waste should not be let to litter the ground as well, it eventually flows into gutters and block the passage of water. There are different methods our municipal solid waste could be disposed, this will be shared in our subsequent posts.


International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

We have been trained in a society that sees a woman as a second fiddle and of no constructional use to the society at large. The norm is changing, on this day we are celebrating the importance of the female gender to show how important they are in developmental process.

Today is a day when various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at various events on the day. Such events may include seminars, conferences, luncheons, dinners or breakfasts. The messages given at these events often focus on various themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, or the importance of education and career opportunities. For us to achieve the SDGs, we need inclusion and participation across all sectors irrespective of the Gender. We at CleanEdge Solutions recognize how important a woman is to the society and hereby seek to protect every woman in our society especially in Nigeria where they are been marginalized.

The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion absolute poor are women. On average, women receive between 30 and 40 percent less pay than men earn for the same work. Women also continue to be victims of violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide.

Happy International Women’s day

The International Women’s Day logo is in purple and white and features the symbol of Venus, which is also the symbol of being female.

Nigeria is blessed with lots of amazing women with various talents in the development sector that have pushed for different goals to be achieved.

We at CleanEdge solutions have resolved to make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make everyday International Women’s Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.







Will you like to be a part of the Waste to wealth summit in Oyo State. Do you have a solution that can turn waste to wealth? If yes, click here



Oyo State capital – Ibadan can rightly be acclaimed as the second most developed city in south western Nigeria after Lagos but unfortunately, the state of hygiene seen around the city can be termed as worrisome. CleanEdge Solutions initiative in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV) and Nigerian Network of Non-Governmental Organizations intends to solve these challenges by utilizing the 3Rs of waste management (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). We hope to address waste issues through our lines of actions: Waste Education, Waste Collection and Waste House.

In the last couple of months, we have been thoroughly involved in waste education exercise across the state which we called “Save the Environment Campaign” and we believe the broad scope of waste management requires the involvement of almost all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), both nationally, sub-nationally and at local government levels. It is to this end that CleanEdge Solution as one of its mandate presents the Annual Summit on Waste Management in Oyo State.

Oyo State Waste Management Summit 2018 is designed to bring about 250 stakeholders together to provide solutions to menace of waste management problems in Oyo State. The summit will be covered by Prints media (Tribune, Vanguard and BluePrints Newspaper), Broadcast Media (BCOS, Splash FM and Diamond FM), and online media (educeleb, DevcomNigeria, The Transverse, Africannews, The Nigeria Focus,  The News Cable etc.)

Summit Theme:         Solving Oyo State Waste and Environmental Challenges

Guideline for Recommendation Brief

  • A 1500-Words submission (Times New Romans, Font size 12, 1.5 Spacing) based on the attached recommendation brief template.


The Deadline for Submission is January 25th 2018. Submissions should be made to with recommendation brief as subject of the mail


The recommendation brief (Waste management solutions) will be published as a book guiding as roadmap or action plan to making Oyo State the cleanest city by 2030



The recommendation document should be short and succinct – no longer than four pages. It must synthesize a large amount of complex information and present recommendations in a format that enables the reader to easily and quickly understand an issue.


 1 Title of the Recommendation This must be a caption of the theme on which the summit is based
 2 Executive Summary This section summarizes the entire Brief document. It Provides a brief background for the reader to understand the problem backed up with evidences (Pictorial accepted), the findings, policy options available and recommendations, all in brief.
 3 Context and Importance of the Problem This section seeks to Convince the reader that the problem is critical and must be addressed urgently. It also portrays the problem as evidenced in state and specific community contexts
 4 Recommendation Options What options are there for government, private sectors, civil society organization as part of the efforts towards providing solution
 5 Implementation of recommendation Options This section objectively evaluate existing recommendation options and outline the need for a review, change or how the existing laws can be well adopted.


Contact for the Summit:

Website:          Email:


The Convener

Mr. Tosin Gbadegesin

Mr Temitope Ogunweide



The save the environment campaign project of Cleanedge Solution which was designed to reach over 100 schools and over 20,000 secondary school student in Oyo State began in a grand style on Thursday 19th October, 2017. It can be recalled that Cleanedge Solution recently called for volunteers in effort to address the dirtiness of Oyo State capital

Our Volunteers team led by Adigun Sherif from Ibadan North East kick-started the campaign exercise by visiting Government Secondary School, Orita Aperin in the early hours of Thursday where over 300 student population was reached

These was then followed by the visitation of team from Oyo West, led by Olumide Adeniran to Army Children Secondary School where over 300 students were reached and waste bins was presented to the school principal


Afterwards, the Team visited Crescent Height Secondary School where over 150 students were reached.



And to close the sensitization exercise for the week, the same team from Oyo West visited Model High School where over 300 student population were reached

In a report submitted to the campaign supervisor, Toyib Aremu, and presented by the content creator, Waliyah Okunade, it shows that the sensitization exercise has begun in grand style with over 1000 student reach in its first week. Meanwhile the Campaign Manager, Tosin Gbadegesin, and Coordinator, Temitope Ogunweide, as at the time of briefing press men stated the desire to make impact has been the goal of the project and reiterated good news on the project just began.


Prior to the official start of the CleanEdge’s save the environment campaign, the project coordinating team visited Methodist Grammar School Bodija yesterday 4th of October, 2017 in what they call the Pilot Phase of the program. It can be recalled earlier that Cleanedge called for volunteers on 22nd of September 2017 in effort to sensitize secondary school student in Oyo State how best they can manage their waste.

The visiting team is made up of the Campaign Manager; Tosin Gbadegesin, Campaign Coordinator; Temitope Ogunweide, Instructor; Toyib Aremu, and the Content Creator, Okunade Waliyah. The reason for this visit is to have a firsthand knowledge of the challenges our volunteers will be facing when we send them out for the campaign.

Reception at the school was awesome showing the right audience was picked and by the time Toyib Aremu started his presentation on waste, how it’s improperly managed, our activities hampering the environment etc. the student and management were all rapt with attention. By the end of his speech which was made so eloquently, most if not all the students knew different ways to recycle their waste and few ways to properly manage their waste. Proof of impact was brilliant questions the students were able to ask at the end of the presentation.

After the question and answer sessions, the school was presented with waste paper bins. Cleanedge hope that when they see these bins they’ll remember “save the environment” campaign and strive to put what was taught to good use. Students were also encouraged to teach others what they learnt today.

Cleanedge therefore hope to take this sensitization exercise to over 150 secondary schools in the state 33 local government from 19th of October to 17th of November 2017

Call for Volunteers: CleanEdge’s Save the Environment Campaign, Oyo State

Deadline: October 6, 2017

Interested in helping to save the planet? Interested in helping to save the environment? Are you passionate about climate change? Can you teach secondary school student in Oyo state on how they can save their environment? Can you give out 2-3hrs per week for a month to educate secondary school students about they can save their environment and reduce impact on climate change?

If all your responses to these questions are YES, then this call for application is right for you!  This is a chance to serve your community; time to get engaged is now. Now is the time to boost your CV through community service work

CleanEdge Solutions in collaboration with her partners is seeking for volunteers in all the Thirty-three (33) local government of Oyo state from 19th of October 2017 to 17th of November 2017. This is the last call for volunteers in Oyo State and you will be selected based on the quality of your application

About Us

CleanEdge is a hybrid social enterprise dedicated to changing the harmful habits that affect the way we make, dispose of and think about waste. We conduct waste audits, waste education, build waste house and specialize in waste related communication strategies, branding and designing innovative marketing campaigns which engage all stakeholders and encourage citizenship participation. We’re the gateway to the 3Rs of waste management; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We want to cultivate a sustainable society by delivering innovative, effective and educational programs that result in positive environmental change and in the long run, we want to contribute to greener economy; this means a healthier environment, meaningful jobs with livable wages, and a more equitable society for all

Why Environmental Education

Ibadan, Oyo State capital rightly be acclaimed as the second most developed city in south western Nigeria after Lagos but unfortunately, the state of hygiene seen around the city can be termed as worrisome. The city is the largest capital in Nigeria and it was the fastest growing city in Nigeria as at the time of independence. Despite the development the city has seen over the years, good hygiene and efficient waste management is still hard to come by. It is to this end CleanEdge as one of its mandate has decided to take “safe the environment” campaign to secondary schools in the state as it is believed that the knowledge about environment will reduce the quantity of waste generated. With this initiative, CleanEdge Solutions hope to reach over 200 schools by November ending.


Young people between 18-40yrs

Reside in Oyo State or can participate in Oyo State

Passionate about environment, climate change, education and sustainable development goals (SDGs) as a whole


Volunteers get the chance of a lifetime to open doors to opportunities, ability to network with Businesses, Captain of Industries, Government; Civil Society Organizations etc. and collaborate with other young people who are excelling both locally and internationally. You additionally get noticed at all levels (Online and Offline), will be able to request for recommendation letter to attend local and international conferences, and apply for visa. Volunteers will also get the chance to attend our networking events (such as with YALI RLC Fellow, Mandela Washington Fellow, Federal and State Ministry of Environment, Ambassadors to United Nations and many more), apply for job openings at CleanEdge Solutions and a Certificate of Service will be presented to you as you finish your service.

Note: This is non-paid

How does it work?

The volunteer’s role is to educate secondary school student in the state on harmful activities affecting the environment, how it can be controlled and how these activities impact climate change and affect our lives. Volunteers will function in four different categories:

Team Leader: who is to lead the team to the school that will be visited, to be assisted by the assistant team leader. The team leader is expected to come up with the school that will be visited. The team leader is expected to report how activities go in their LGA to us.

Assistant Team Leader: to assist the team leader and support the team.

Media Officer: responsible for taking activities to social media as it happens in their school

General Secretary whose role is to document activities and provide report to the team leader

In overall, an LGA would have a maximum of 8 volunteers, 2 for each category. An LGA will have two different teams visiting different schools and a team is expected to visit 4 different schools within this period

Through the Program, Volunteers will be required to sort out schools to visit as we will give the methods through which occasions will be sorted out by a Team in an LGA. This campaign is targeted at both private and public schools in the state and should take 1-2hrs per day per week.

Particular parts and obligations of volunteers will further be communicated to them after selection.

Note: All necessities will be provided by CleanEdge solutions team


To apply, click here

For more information, send an email to or call: +2347032620568, +2348163614218

CleanEdge Solutions Pledge to Shoulder Oyo State’s Environmental Challenges

Back in 2015, when the United Nations established a set of shared goals and targets for achieving sustainable development around the world, the development community has been energized, excited but a little bit wary. While the ambition contained in the Global Goals is high, the challenge is very high as well. We do not yet know how things will unfold, but one thing is for sure: the scale, scope and complexity of the economic, environmental and social transformation to come will be such that no one sector- government, businesses, civil society or academia- will be able to manage the development alone. We are going to need some coalition that will bring different sectors together if we are to achieve the set goals.

Civil society organizations, with their capacity for increasing accountability and promoting development plays a very important role if partnership with both governments and businesses can be fostered. By sharing information, resources, activities and capabilities, we can achieve things together that we can never achieve alone.
At CleanEdge Solutions, we are already busy planning strategic partnership, and a particular priority for us now is to improve the cleanliness of Oyo state. We at CleanEdge have the expertise, knowledge and capacity at all levels to contribute to development, especially at the national and community levels. We are looking forward to creating a shared value which will help mobilize businesses to identify and focus on specific efforts to support the SDGs.

We hope to achieve a cleaner Oyo State by 2025 through massive waste education in secondary and tertiary schools of the state, waste collection and waste house where activities such as Recycling, Organic Fertilizer production, Sanders production from Plastics and turn Oyo state capital to a conducive habitat for all.

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