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Examining the state of public schools in the gas flaring areas of Nigeria

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Author: 
OgbondaUche Joyce and ErikBichard
Abstract: 

The Niger Delta region produces over 82.8% of the natural gas that is associated with oil production in Nigeria. Due to economic and political reasons, this gas is not retained for energy use. Instead, it is burned off in the air. The pollution caused by these flares creates many environmental, social and economic impacts on the building fabric of public schools and the health of the users of such buildings in the vicinity of oil fields. Current architecture and building materials used to construct school buildings have been described as being deplorable and dilapidated and are unsuited to withstand the effects of polluted air. To date there has been no comprehensive study of the environmental challenges associated with gas flaring and schools. There is thus the need to adopt a system of research that describes the current conditions of flares sites so that proposal on methods to protect fabric and the users of these buildings from harm. Design science has been adopted as the research approach that can provide solutions to this real life situation. This will discuss the issues arising from the impact of gas flares on schools and the approach that has been adopted to research the remedial or resilient steps that might be taken to mitigate its effects.

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