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Harmful wastes threaten residents of Akpayak community, Nigeria


Udo Street is in Akpayak community in Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa-Ibom state. It is located at the heart of Uyo main town in front of two streams- Idim Akpayak and Akpa Atakeka. Not far from the street is Uyo Local Government Secretariat, the Ministry of Agriculture and some other government parastatals.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Harmful wastes threaten residents of Akpayak community, Nigeria
State or province:Akwa Ibom
(municipality or city/town)Akpayak Community, Uyo Local Government Area
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Specific commodities:Domestic municipal waste
Industrial waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Project area:unknown
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:3,000 - 5,000
Company names or state enterprises:Julius Berger (JB) from Germany - Dumping of waste indiscriminately
Relevant government actors:Ministry of Environment

Waste Management Board

Akwa Ibom State Government

Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the earth Nigeria
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Fires, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Deaths, Other Health impacts, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Other socio-economic impacts
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Waste is still being dumped near community residence and government has not intervened.
Sources and Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Environmental and Public Health Related Assessment of Solid Waste Management in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria by Eja M.E., Alobi N. O., Ikpeme E. M., Ogri O.R. and Inyang A.O.
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

FIELD REPORT 331: Harmful wastes Threaten residents of Akpayak community
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Other documents

Field Report 331 Harmful wastes threaten community in Akpayak ERA/FoEN Field report 331 with pictures
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ERA/FoEN website photo of dump site Source: ERA/FoEN
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Contributor:Maria Obaseki, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, [email protected]
Last update12/09/2014