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Rivers agency cautions against indiscriminate waste disposal

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Felix Obuah

The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Felix Obuah has decried the indiscriminate dumping of refuse at the popular Oil Mill Flyover in Port Harcourt, the State capital, warning that anyone caught in the act would be arrested and prosecuted.

Obuah who gave the warning while on his early morning routine sanitation monitoring exercise in some parts of Port Harcourt, warned managers of the Oil Mill Market to stop allocating roadside spaces for trading, noting that in course of their businesses, the traders litter the roads and even dispose their wastes indiscriminately.

He further warned commercial vehicle operators and roadside artisans operating around the flyover to dump their wastes at the receptacles nearest to them, warning that Sanitation Marshalls and the newly inaugurated Task Force have been directed to monitor the roads and streets with a view to arresting and prosecuting those who engage in the unwholesome act, adding that to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Obuah who described the Oil Mill interchange as a significant landmark in Port Harcourt, the State capital, lamented that the area would lose its appeal if these unwholesome acts are allowed to continue, but vowed that the Agency would not hesitate to apprehend offenders.

The RIWAMA boss during the exercise reiterated the commitment of the Agency to sustain the present neatness of Port Harcourt, the State capital and its environs, and solicited the cooperation of Service Providers to sustain the tempo.

He charged the following contractors: Anola Plus Logistic Company Ltd., covering East West Road from Eleme Junction; Emmachear Global; covering Eneka, Origwe axis and Ferdinand Dabiri Enterprises; covering Igwuruta, Chokocho Road, including Ikwerre/Etche Secondary School, Eneka Road, Igwuruta Market and environs, to ensure that their zones are kept clean 24 hours of the day or have their contracts terminated.

While urging the people of the State to support Governor Nyesom Wike’s vision of a clean and safe environment, Bro. Obuah reiterated the uncompromising commitment of the Agency (RIWAMA) in ensuring that Port Harcourt regains its Garden City status as well as having a healthy and clean State for the citizenry.


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