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A Nigerian has built a house in Kaduna using 14,800 sand-filled plastic bottles as bricks.

Yahaya Ahmed, an engineer and the director of a non-governmental organization, Developmental Association of Renewable Energies in Nigeria (DARE), said the house was built by his organization to encourage recycling of waste materials, create jobs, and ensure a safer environment in Nigeria.

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Mr. Ahmed said workers filled the plastic bottles with sand and linked them at the neck by an intricate network of strings to build the house, which he said is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Yahaya Ahmed

“It’s the cheapest house that everyone can construct without spending much money because the building materials are available on the streets and trash dump centers,” he told journalists at the site located at unguwar -Yalwa on the Kaduna Zaria road.

He said it is “20 times stronger than brick walls houses and can last for over 300 years if constructed properly and carefully. It is fireproof, bulletproof, earthquake-resistant, and can adapt to all kinds of climate changes, desertification, and deforestation.

 

“It is the cheapest house to build in this generation with waste plastic bottles on the streets polluting our environment and causing more problems like flood and other disasters in the communities.”

Explaining the shape of the house, Mr. Ahmed said bottle houses are often more convenient to build circularly. “The circular shape adds strength to the walls while providing a very artistic and pleasing appearance.

“Any person with masonry skills can be used as labor in the construction of one of these homes. We have trained much youth and we are still training more youth and adults the various ways of constructing these houses across the country and some parts of Africa.”

On the motivation for the initiative, Mr. Ahmed said: “We want to reduce the volume of plastic that is polluting our environment and causing diseases and other disasters.”

He called for the training of more Nigerians to build plastic bottle houses.

“We have plastic houses in some parts of Africa but this is the first one in the entire region of black Africa. Our joy is to train more youth the skills of this kind of housing to save our streets from the plastic bottles dominating our rivers and ponds, causing flood and other disasters.”

Speaking on the occasion, the Assistant Director of African Climate Reporters, Piman Hoffman, urged the government to support renewable energy companies “to save the nation from the increasing threat of waste pollution through waste management plans.”

Mr. Hoffman said, “billions of plastic water and beverage bottles are discarded every year, with most making their way to landfills, the ocean, or, in poorer countries, disposed of in heaps”.

“It is high time to encourage Nigerian engineers to embrace technology in constructing more houses that can stand all forms of ecological challenges.”

He noted that “plastics are a big threat to the existence of humans, animals, and all living organisms”. He said more aquatic animals are now endangered due to the “irrational activities of dumping plastic bottles into the river and streams”.

“We must join hands toward saving aquatic animals from the threat of plastic pollution,” Mr. Hoffman said.

Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a writer, editor, and storyteller. He was born in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone. Started his primary school at the Bo District Educational Council Primary School, Abu Bakarr Jalloh was the top pupil from primary one to three. In 2005, his family relocated to the capital Freetown where he furthered his primary education at the Holy Trinity Primary School, Kissy Road. Abu Bakarr Jalloh became a force to reckon with throughout his primary 4-6 at the Holy Trinity Primary School. In 2008/2009, he enrolled at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Junior Secondary School where he started his JSS 1-3 and he went on to top the list of the best student in the 2011 Basic Education Certificate Examination and also 7th best student in the whole of Port Loko District. In 2011/2012 he attended the Government Municipal Senior Secondary School where he attained his West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in 2015. Abu Bakarr Jalloh is now a student of the Njala University, Njala Campus pursuing a degree in Bsc Agricultural Economics. He is a very brilliant writer, editor, and storyteller that is passionate about telling Sierra Leonean stories undiluted using a mobile phone. He is also keen on highlighting national issues affecting Sierra Leoneans.

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