|guys, let's get it done while the tide is low|
Andrew Anetor is leading a team of young athletic boys, about 7 of them, to break those metallic structures into pieces that are small enough to be carried at the back of his pick-up. He was raised in the UK and lived in a few countries abroad before coming back to Nigeria. He resides in Tarkwa Bay and scrap metal collection for recycling has become his bread-earner.
|Andrew Anetor and the dismantlers|
We saw the vehicle coming from far with two men standing at the back, dressed in dark colours. At first sight, the shape of the pick-up, the sand, the seaside and the figures of the two men was a chilling view as they could have been smugglers, kidnappers of the kind plying the Sahara desert. But that was just a momentary illusion!
|pick-up for scrap collection cooling down|
Andrew explained that a ton of scrap metal is worth sixty thousand naira (between 150 and 200 dollars) and that he is usually able to collect two tons a day. He pays his boys two thousand naira a day, a very decent salary for those boys who would otherwise be probably without a proper job or keeping themselves busy with less commendable jobs.
|cutting torch in action|
Anyone looking for a beach job?