How we’re all screwed over by the plumbing industry
By MICHAEL WATSONPublished Nov 08, 2017 11:01:00ABUJA, Nigeria–The Nigerian plumbing industry is being forced to adapt to the demands of a rapidly expanding middle class, according to experts.
In Nigeria, there are more than two million people employed in the plumbing sector, according a government report released Thursday.
About 90 percent of them are women, who make up 70 percent of the workforce.
They are now taking over some of the jobs traditionally held by men.
“The government is pushing us to improve the plumbing skills,” said Zainab Ahmed, a 40-year-old nurse.
She said she has noticed a rise in cases of women working overtime because of the rising demand.
“They are doing more with less,” she said.
“We are working overtime to pay the bills.
I think this is the norm in the industry.”
Nigeria is now home to about 4.7 million people, and the country has about 200 million people.
“There are more people working in the middle class than there are in the upper class, so there is more pressure to improve,” said Nyanza Nyanzi, head of Nigeria’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition Research.
Nyanzi said the country’s plumbing infrastructure is also in need of improvement.
“I think this will also contribute to an increase in disease,” she told Al Jazeera.
She added that the increase in demand for health care has been driven by an increase of HIV infections among the middle-class population.
“These are people who were born into the middle classes.
We are dealing with them with different challenges, such as high temperatures and lack of education,” she added.
Nyana Nyanzo, director of the Nyanzas Institute of Women and Children’s Health, said that the demand for healthcare in Nigeria has increased rapidly since the HIV epidemic swept through the country.
“As the middle age population increases, so does demand for care,” she explained.
“In many cases, we see this trend in the health sector and we are also seeing an increase for infectious diseases, particularly in women, where the population is growing faster than in men.”
Al Jazeera’s Michael Watson reports from Lagos, Nigeria.