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Water, Waste and the City: Towards an Inclusive Public Infrastructure in Badia and Beyond by Heinrich Boll Foundation

The JDPC Staffs attended a roundtable session organized by Heinrich Boll Foundation at Ijora-Badia Local Council Area on the 12th of December 2017. The agenda of the roundtable session was tagged: “WATER, WASTE AND THE CITY: TOWARDS AN INCLUSIVE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IN BADIA AND BEYOND.”

The aim of the roundtable session was to prompt open discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented by the dearth of municipal water and waste management services to low-income communities in Badia and elsewhere in Lagos, in order to forge mutually beneficial solutions for residents, advocates and public officials. The roundtable was a culmination of an environmental training and advocacy programme that Heinrich Boll Foundation has been conducting with a group of women in the Ijora-Badia area from March 2017 to date.

The three major aspects that we discussed about were:

  • Need for provision of hygienic Water;
  • Recycling of toxic Waste; and
  • Environmental sanitation.

The Chairman of the Apapa-Iganmu Local Government Council was in attendance as well as representatives from a range of government departments and civil society partners with relevant experiences. The participants, residents of the ijora-Badia communities aired their challenges to the officials present and hoped that adequate/lasting solution be done so that their environment will be more conducive for living.