The Top 10 dirtiest states in Nigeria

The Top 10 dirtiest states in Nigeria

You will agree with me that everybody wants to live in an environment that is friendly, neat and conducive. But the reverse is the case as we see some states in Nigeria that are filled with dirt and pollution. You may begin to ask, but Nigeria engages in monthly sanitation! Yes, Nigeria engages in sanitation but it seems that some of these cities in Nigeria cannot fully be sanitized of their specks of dirt and pollution.

We have taken our time to bring to you the list of the top 10 dirtiest states in Nigeria. If you have not read the list of the top 20 dirtiest cities in Africa, kindly do so by clicking on this link top 20 dirtiest cities in Africa.

1. Abia State

On a periodic basis, the World Health Organization (WHO) carry out research to determine the extent of pollution across the globe. One of such activities done in 2011-2015 indicated that Abia State in Nigeria is one of the most polluted places in the world. According to sunnewsonline, two towns in Abia state- Umuahia and Aba- got into the top 20 dirtiest places on the planet.

2. Anambra State

This place in Nigeria is also highly polluted and littered. If you visit some of the local towns, for example, Nnewi, Onitsha or Nkpor, you will be shocked. Just walk around and look by your sides. You will probably think that local citizens are extremely lazy because they cannot carry a single candy wrap in their pocket until finding a trash bin. All used wrappers, packages, and plastic bottles seem to end up right under the person’s feet as he or she strolls along the streets of Anambra State. According to CNN report, Onitsha was the world’s most air-polluted city in 2016.

3. Lagos State

Lagos state, no doubt is one of the most populated cities in Nigeria. it is a well-developed city but happens to be among the list of the top 10 dirtiest cities in Nigeria.

4. Kano State

Kano is another large city in the North-Western part of Nigeria. Despite the booming economy in Kano State, we still see it as one among the top 10 dirtiest cities in Nigeria. Kano residents suffer from waste, garbage in the streets and dirt. While this place is loved by tourists and surrounding villages are welcoming and friendly, the sanitation here is poor.

5. Kaduna State

Kaduna, a state in the North-Western part of Nigeria suffers from litter, dirt, and air pollution. The city was featured in the report by the World Health Organization in 2016 as one of the most polluted areas in the world with a lot of smog, water pollution, and rubbish, according to thisdaylive.

6. Osun State

We see that the sanitation law exists in Osun state, but the residents in this city do not adhere to these laws on sanitation which makes the city very dirty and filled with pollution. According to ‘Estimation of Organic Pollution of Odo Oba River’ document, this river is heavily polluted with market waste.

7. Ogun State

Garbage and dirt which ought to be disposed of properly are not done here in the city of Ogun. Residents lack a good waste management system which brings it among the list of the top 10 dirtiest cities in Nigeria.

8. Ekiti State

A survey organized by CLTS organization (Community-Led Total Sanitation) named Ekiti State as one of the dirtiest cities in Nigeria. HOW? According to, not just nearly half of the residents are more than likely to cause harm, but many locals can openly defecate right in the streets! A visit to this city will tell you more.

9. Benue State

Benue, a state located in the North Central part of Nigeria does not look clean and nice. Many residents in Benue State are used to dumping their waste right alongside the roads, near uncompleted buildings and in drainages and these reasons bring it as one among the list of the top 10 dirtiest cities in Africa.

10. Oyo State

The Oba River in Osun state goes through to Oyo, a state in South-West of Nigeria and we have noted how polluted this River is. You can see how many dirtiest states are there in our country.

We have seen the list of the top 10 dirtiest states in Nigeria. We are not happy writing out this list, but we are advised to keep our cities clean and safe for everyone especially our children who are more likely to be affected by one disease or the other that comes with pollution. Citizens are advised to take monthly sanitation serious and proper waste management should be adopted. We will all be happy and disease-free when we have a clean city.



  • comment-avatar
    Wax bee 5 months ago

    it was really obvious