Project description

Toxic waste emitted by a government owned Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in form liquid, gas and solid substances have caused health problems to the host communities including Rido and Juji Barde villages. Gas flares and heavy smells pervade the air around the company most of the time while oily sludge is spewed into a nearby river. Exposure to toxic substances during prenatal development in mothers had affected fetal growth and caused birth defects while heavy metals have seeped into the soil and contaminated well waters, according to residents. Males in the villages have complained about infertility associated to harmful chemical from the firm and no safety measures were given to the people to deal with the toxic waste emitted by the company since it was established 37 years ago while there was no comprehensive public health facility to cater for the people in the area. Also, toxic waste dumped near a poultry farm in Rodo by the company in 2012 had led to the death of hundreds of birds and dogs and about N7 billion released by the government for cleanup was diverted by officials. Findings further showed that villages have not received compensation from the company from the damages including the destruction of rice farms by pipeline burst in 2016.
Laboratory analysis on soil, well water and stream water in the area indicated the presence of heavy metals.
The topic addressed poor waste management strategy by the company which exposed the lives of villagers to dangers and corruption by officials.
The audience included the Federal and Kaduna State governments, public as well as human rights and environmental activists
Budget Plan- (1)- Visit to villages, arrangement with fixers, background search, interviews = $2,500 (2)- Lab test- $5,000 (3) Report writing and editing- $2,5000

What makes this project innovative?

The project was the first to expose the poor waste management strategy of the company and the health problems facing the people in the area. Lab test revealed the presence of toxic metals in the water and soils from the company. Lab test was one of techniques used to ascertain toxic substances such as Cadmium.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

The villagers have forwarded complaint letters to the National Human Rights Commissions, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and all the agencies have commenced investigation.

Source and methodology

1- Background data
2- Interviews with -General Manager, Kaduna State Environmental Protection Authority, (KEPA) Yusuf Abdullahi Rigasa, Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, and Professor Mohammed Dabo is a lecturer in the Department of Petro-Chemical Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
3- Lab tests- three independent laboratories

Technologies Used

1- Infographics

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