The challenges of waste management to Nigeria sustainable development: A study of Enugu State

2012 IJRSM – Volume 1 Issue 2


Chukwuemeka, Emma E. O.*
Faculty of Management Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria (

Osisioma, B. C.
Department of Accountancy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria (

Onwuka, Ebele
Department of Business Administration, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria (

Ugwu, Joy
School of Business Studies, Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria (


The problem of solid waste management has become a debilitating factor towards sustainable development in Nigeria. The study therefore was carried out to evaluate the chains of problems militating against solid waste management in Nigeria with particular stress on Enugu State. The study adopted survey research method. Data collected through questionnaire were analyzed and hypotheses tested using Z-test statistical measure. The scientific investigation revealed among other things that resources normally voted by Government year by year to manage solid waste is always very meager. There is no environmental education at all as was observed during the field investigation. Furthermore, some of the waste management staff were poorly trained and no plan in the future to give them further training or to improve already acquired skill. Based on the findings, some of the major recommendations are that solid waste management should be provided with a separate head in the budget for the purpose of adequate revenue allocation, implementation and monitoring. The participation of the local communities in solid waste management should be encouraged. Environmental education should be intensified by both the state and local government. Also primary, secondary and tertiary schools curricula should inculcate detailed topics on solid waste management.

Keywords: sustainable development; environment; government; management; waste



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