“Our Air is Biscuit”: Victims’ Perspective of Factory Pollution in Oluyole, Ibadan
AbstractThis study set out to investigate the knowledge of Oluyole residents about factory pollution, the health risks experienced by Oluyole residents, the measures taken to protect from the factory pollution, and government responses to factory pollution in the Oluyole industrial estate. The study was conducted in Oluyole Ibadan and it adopted a combined design of field and victim surveys. The study used qualitative data to identify the effects of factory pollution on dwellers’ health and ascertain the victimological perspectives of the health problems vis-a-vis factory pollution in Oluyole Ibadan. Using ten indepth interviews and five key informant interviews, the data were qualitatively analyzed using the content analysis method and the adoption of verbatim quotation where necessary. The study identified that the respondents are knowledgeable about the factory population and that factories in Oluyole are a major source of pollution and decease-causing agents in the area. Asthma, cough, catarrh, and headache are some of the side effects of the Oluyole factory pollution. It also discovered that the government had taken steps overtime to curb the menace, but those steps have been politicized and are inadequate hence, the upsurge in cases of factory pollution in Oluyole Ibadan.
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