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A girl carrying mangoes on her head descends to a village on the Olusosun landfill site in Nigeria. The Olusosun dump is Africa’s largest, comprising 100 acres of garbage and collecting 2,400 metric tonnes of rubbish every day from *****, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. *****’s population has tripled in the past 15 years and the infrastructure can’t cope. Roughly 1,000 homes have been built on Olusosun – the residents collect scrap from the dump and sell it.

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Why can we not set a better standard for others to copy. If the usa does it does it make it right? Please post pictures of the shanty town in switzerland.

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This is a shanty town in the USA

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This problem is not tied to any region, state or ethnicity. For one reason or the other, there are a lot of similar examples throughout the country.

There is a lot of wickedness pervading Nigerian society that allows it. Let us for once sit back and think very deeply about the societal faults that can make it possible for fellow humans to reside in rubbish dumps, yet there are churches and mosques on every street corner; every politician drops the name of God at the slightest rustle of the wind. . . Hipocricy.

I find it deeply hipocritical and troubling. In my opinion, there is a void in the average Nigerians being that needs to be filled. That void cannot be filled with hipocritical pastors and imams that are nucturnal okija and jankara customers. It cannot be filled by lying, thieving and decietful politicians, neither can the dread the army puts in us cover the gaping hole.

That void can only be filled by entrenching policies, cultures and actions that recognise the humanity in the next woman, child or man. The average Nigerian is an empty shell, dehumanised and brutalised until all that is left is an everlasting snarl.

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Is this not in the same Lagos that Fasola is supposed to be governing? Even poorer states do better. Na wa for WAEC oh!

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Sentiment aside, this is a criminal dereliction of responsibility, no leader should allow this to exist in their state.

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That picture looks doctored to me.

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To be honest, this is not Fashola's problem. Let's leave, region, state and ethnicity out.

It is a 100% Nigerian problem; a nation were the citizens and govt have no love for each other, will only recede into backwardness and slowly fragment.

@Tpia

You are only typifying the above mentality. Shame.

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use your brain occasionally.

read the link I posted, which is where you got your picture from.

and next time, post photos of the rubbish dumps in your village so we can see how much better they are than the ones in lagos.

This is getting so old.

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why has magician fashola not cleared the shanties on the dumpsite? ?oh he's too busy looting and missapropriating money

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Does the fact that your fellow humans live on a dump site not seem wrong to you? Or are they animals to you just because they are poor?

For your information, I don't care about pictures of rubbish dumps from other countries. In any event, I am quite certain that your beloved foreign dump site photo's will not show children hawking fruit's or citizens "dump top" dwellings.

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@beaf

what exactly is your problem?

its a dumpsite. . or u want me to show u dumpsites in brazil,india or USA?

jeez. . get a life dude

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Erm, it's a dumpsite. You shouldn't expect to see manicured shrubbery.

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You can do better than that, surely?

Nigeria is backward because people like you do not have human compassion. We simply don't care for each other, we have a thousand flesh and blood humans living on a dumpsite, but you can't see that?

It isn't even about Olusosun being cleaned up; it is more of how we can tolerate the debasement of our neighbours, our sisters and brothers; becuase that is what the residents of Olusosun are.

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LoL

Ratafoloooommmmmmm

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can you volunteer your village as a rubbish dump, so Olusosun can be cleaned up?

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2008/mar/23/climatechange.carbonemissions?picture=333204025

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Can Nigeria not do better than this?

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