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Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by Noerection: 11:40am On Feb 06
At the entrance of Ngwa Road Market in the heart of Aba in Abia State, an unperturbed Chika Mba sat gently in the midst of broken bottles, used plastic, dirty nylons, and rags. As the stench of waste and rubbish engulfed the atmosphere, Chika, a 34-year-old trader, moved around to call on passers-by for patronage. Beside him stood other traders and customers, all haggling prices among themselves. If they found the offensive smell oozing out of their surrounding unpalatable, they did not show it in their countenances. As seconds turned into minutes and hours, rather slowly, Chika and other customers and traders alike laughed, ate, drank and haggled prices of different clothing materials amidst the offensive odour. He would soon dance around the dirt with reckless abandon, to the delight of passers-by and fellow traders.

“There is nothing we can do when there is no proper waste disposal system in place,” Mr Mba told PREMIUM TIMES in an interview, his words spoken with a tinge of deliberate nonchalance.

“The point is that if government fails to carry out its responsibility, there is little ordinary people can do,” he said. “We tried using private waste disposal people but the thing didn’t work out.”

Aba is one of the most commercially vibrant cities in Eastern Nigeria. Residents of the city are renowned for their enterprising spirit and commercial endeavors, making the city one of Nigeria’s foremost commercial hubs. Due to the influx of traders and buyers into the city, Aba is surrounded by numerous markets, among which Ngwa Road Market is prominent. Located in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State, the market is popular among residents as the go-to point for buyers of clothing materials, shoes, and other accessories.

With significant commercial activities come heavy waste in markets across the city, including Ngwa Market. However, due to poor disposal system, waste and rubbish used by traders and commuters in the market are dumped indiscriminately around. Over the years, the waste has become a permanent feature of the market and the larger Aba metropolis, exposing traders and passers-by to probable epidemic and other environmental hazards.

“People have stayed in this environment for so long that we do not care about any health hazard any longer,” Mr Mba said, his hands widely spread out in helpless resignation. “We really care less about those things now. Survival is first and most important.”

The filth surrounding Mr Mba and other market users is, however, not perculiar to Ngwa Market Road.

PREMIUM TIMES investigations across major parts of Aba revealed that too many strategic roads, markets and streets in the commercial city are littered with rubbish, dirt, and fecal materials. This reporter moved through dirty spots in strategic places including Asa Road, Obohia Road, Ohanku Road, Portharcourt Road, as well as the popular Ariaria Market.

Aba’s Records of Filth, Decay

The commercial city of Aba has always been in the news for its filthy environment. Over a decade ago, a former Nigerian Minister of Urban Development, Halima Alao, described Aba as the dirtiest city in Nigeria. The city earned the unenviable record alongside Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Speaking at a workshop in Ibadan in 2008, the minister expressed displeasure over the environmental sanitation status of Aba and Ibadan, believed to be the biggest city in West Africa. The minister said that in spite of government’s efforts, Ibadan and Aba still remained the dirtiest cities in the country.

More than a decade after the minister lamented the condition, very little has changed in terms of filth and waste management in the commercial city.

In 2013, an environmental right organization based in Aba, Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD) also described the commercial nerve city of Abia State as the dirtiest city across the country. The organization decried the level of refuse dump littered in the major street in Aba after assessing strategic points like Ngwa Road, Asa road by St. Micheals, Ogbor hill, Jubilee and Hospital Roads, among others. It noted that in most areas, the drainage system has been blocked by waste, with the environment oozing with odour from the gutters.

In 2016, data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that four of the worst cities in the world for air pollution were in Nigeria. The cities named and shamed in the WHO report for high PM10 levels include Onitsha, Kaduna, Umuahia and of course Aba.

Although the Abia State Government has always claimed to be doing its best to address the environmental menace via the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency, the waste armada continues to be a recurring feature of city life in Aba.

As part of measures to tackle the menace, there have been numerous calls on the government to address the waste epidemic in order to avert serious environmental and health disaster in the state. Concerned stakeholders have also called on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for intervention.

Abia, alongside Ondo, Edo, Delta, Cross River, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Imo and Bayelsa, are the states in which the NDDC is set up to intervene in various developmental aspects of the peoples’ socio-economic life.

The Abia State Government, perhaps overwhelmed by its inability to handle the waste epidemic, has also consistently called on the NDDC for intervention.

For instance, in a press statement posted on the website of the state government in February 2013, the immediate past governor of the state, Theodore Orji, once appealed to the NDDC to help address the waste management crisis in the state. When the Senate committee on the Niger Delta visited Abia state to inspect NDDC projects as part of its oversight function, the former governor asked the committee to site more projects in the state.

Learning, Undergoing Treatment amidst stench

On Port Harcourt Road, by far the most despicable mountain of waste is located at the purported entrance of National High School. The spot, popularly known as Crystal Park Dustbin Junction, is notorious among residents of the state for its heavy stench and fecal waste materials that have blocking the dilapidated and now abandoned Port Harcourt Road.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by clarocuzioo(m): 11:54am On Feb 06
Honestly Okezie Ikpeazu is a disaster, his PHD is useless.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by Wealthyonos(m): 11:57am On Feb 06
Maybe that's where their voodoo in making that place an attractive business hub is.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by RuddyFusion(m): 12:09pm On Feb 06
Too bad....

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by MANNABBQGRILLS: 12:36pm On Feb 06
What an eyesore!

We posted one of these pictures yesterday on a related thread and a child of hate quoted us saying his elders should shut up, that he lives in Aba and it is a photoshop!
Pigsty living in self denial!


And you will still find people eating and drinking in such dirty environment (dirty is an understatement here!)
This alone can cause an epidemic and several deaths.

May God save us in this nation as a whole!
We will get there someday!

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by Sheuns(m): 12:37pm On Feb 06
This is disgusting. How can they even feel comfortable staying in such environments? Same thing when u check some markets in Lagos here too. Litters everywhere. Abi na government dey throw way trash their?

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by APOPTOSIS(m): 12:37pm On Feb 06
ABIA STATE needs 3 GOVERNORS.

... ONE will be responsible for packing THRASH.
... ONE will be responsible for ADMINISTRATIVE role
... ONE will be in charge of INFRASTRUCTURE.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by Ivimilly: 12:37pm On Feb 06
They should just convert it to a source of energy Dirty O por por por

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by GudluckIBB(m): 12:37pm On Feb 06
RuddyFusion:
Too bad....

Im telling you

ipob headquaters

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by iretemide(f): 12:37pm On Feb 06
This is seriously serious

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by mimilogs: 12:37pm On Feb 06
Very sad angry


Orji Uzo Kalu, Theodore Orji and all past Governors of Abia didn't do Abia state well at all, its a big shame cry

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by osuofia2(m): 12:37pm On Feb 06
SHAME ON ALL FORMER GOVERNORS AND THE PRESENT. THIS IS MADNESS, OMO SEE AS THE PLACE BE LIKE WHERE PIGS ARE RARED

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by optimistD(m): 12:37pm On Feb 06
We have the worse governor in Africa. He will join Orji Uzor in kirikiri sooner or later. TK Orji is in the senate sleeping always without any contribution, if Nigeria does not punish him, Devil himself will do that for us. Stupid illiterates with fake degrees.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by iampeterben(m): 12:38pm On Feb 06
Hmmm.... Some states sha

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by MKULTRA: 12:38pm On Feb 06
My Abian peeps on NL grin

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by Ivimilly: 12:38pm On Feb 06
MANNABBQGRILLS:
What an eyesore!

Go for your deliverance Kiddo cheesy

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by Justdogood(m): 12:39pm On Feb 06
Dustbin of the nation

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by mtinfx: 12:39pm On Feb 06
Funny enough.with 4 years of a good focused governor
Aba will be very nice

Most of them that came to uyo
Prefer a pay cut to live in the clean town
My visit to araria was not cool last year
Water everywhere and dirt
This is a multi million dollar market looking like a slum

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by Bibidear(f): 12:39pm On Feb 06
Jesus Christ,this is bad

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by horsepower102: 12:39pm On Feb 06
Nairaland mods with their agenda. This made it to front page 6 times last year.

Each time the thread made the it, it was always barely any comment on it.

It’s not even rainy season yet.

The real State of Aba road as of February 2020.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by MrStan11(m): 12:39pm On Feb 06
shocked


Aba and Onitsha used to be in the same category of dirtiness because of commercial activities in both cities. But the way Onitsha became cleaner over the years is why I said Abia is cursed with bad leaders.



Mbadinuju still remain the worst Governor in the South East Hall Of Shame.

My advice to my Aba brothers is
Stop voting PDP or APC because your little resources is being attacked by politicians from the whole federation.
In Anambra, Apga is condemned to perform or they will their only state.


Its not mathematics, its logic

Local wisdom if you doubt ask mimiko.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by klax(m): 12:39pm On Feb 06
Noerection:


https://www.premiumtimesng.com/features-and-interviews/375805-despite-thriving-businesses-aba-remains-a-pigsty.html?fbclid=IwAR2dZhoDicxl0KwlwTivQS29zcbl4egYseCSIb1SUxiomqYlthrswPo11Pw

Nnwane they will come for you oo biko be ready and kindly go and wear thick skin to stand their hypocrisy missiles because to them only SW or Lagos is dirty.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by isthatso: 12:39pm On Feb 06
SonofDevil:
Chai these people re pigs, shocked trading in the midst of huge pile of dirt, no wonder their markets in lagos re the most dirtiest in the state.
Visit Igbo markets in lagos ,you will see something similar to abia dirtiness


Like Chinese, have you been to China? Dirty people!!!

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by MorataFC: 12:39pm On Feb 06
Hmmmn
Na wao
Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by yesloaded: 12:40pm On Feb 06
Very bad

I'm sure these traders has association, can't they meet local & state government to assist them put things in shape?

Even if the road is bad they could at least stop the habit of dumping refuse in open space

It's not difficult for market traders to contimribute money, buy waste bin and pay private waste management company a certain amount of money on weekly basis for proper disposal of their waste

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by Maxymilliano(m): 12:40pm On Feb 06
epidemic looms

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by mrMeen(m): 12:40pm On Feb 06
Haba premium times pigsty fa, can't you people find a less degrading word for the place like a dumpster, or a run down place you know a less disgusting name.

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Re: Despite Thriving Businesses, Aba Remains A Pigsty - Premium Times by wilemer: 12:40pm On Feb 06
Noerection1:

Aba’s Records of Filth, Decay

The commercial city of Aba has always been in the news for its filthy environment. Over a decade ago, a former Nigerian Minister of Urban Development, Halima Alao, described Aba as the dirtiest city in Nigeria. The city earned the unenviable record alongside Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Speaking at a workshop in Ibadan in 2008, the minister expressed displeasure over the environmental sanitation status of Aba and Ibadan, believed to be the biggest city in West Africa. The minister said that in spite of government’s efforts, Ibadan and Aba still remained the dirtiest cities in the country.

More than a decade after the minister lamented the condition, very little has changed in terms of filth and waste management in the commercial city.


Aba is a classic example of an unimaginative, failed leadership

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