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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Nigerian Graduate Who Makes a Living From Scavenging

Ade Ogunbowale is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from one of the universities in the country. The 31 year old said that when he could not secure a job after his degree, he began scavenging rather than join the legion of unemployed graduates in the country, 

According to him, he carved a niche for himself and became a scavenger at a dump site in Oke-Afa, Isolo. Through this business he fends for his wife and 6 children, while also sponsoring his siblings education. He said, “I pick up plastic bottles that litter the streets along my way as well as metals to make a living. Although, most people see the job as dirty, I am feeding my family from it”.

According to him, “Waste recycling is a business that if you decide to go into it today, you are sure of making money. The fun of it is that you might even decide to start now with nothing and still make more money from the business.” He explained that, “most of the scavengers pick used materials at various dump sites and elsewhere. They look out for objects that include glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles and electronics. The materials are then taken to a collection centre where they are sorted, cleaned and reprocessed into materials bound for manufacturing.”

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