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Delta begins fumigation of markets over lassa fever


• Moves to revamp moribund agro-service center

As part of its proactive measures against the spread of Lassa fever, the Delta State Ministry of Environment has started the fumigation of markets.

The exercise, which is called ‘operation kill the rats’, took place in Asaba at Ogbeogonogo, Cable, Okpanam and Abraka markets.

The state Commissioner for Environment, John Nani, told journalists that the fumigation would be extended to other markets and dumpsites, including Okwe area and the state hospital.

He said the ministry had sensitised the people before starting the exercise, adding that the proactive measure was in line with the government’s SMART Agenda.

Nani promised the business community that the governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is ready to create an enabling environment for the growth and development of the state.

He urged all landlords, occupants, traders and the general public to cooperate with the ministry. He warned the public not to eat any dead rat, cat, dog or pig found in the fumigated areas.

Traders in the affected markets have commended the efforts.

In another development, residents of Ibori Golf Club area in Anwai axis of Asaba, have sent a ‘Save our Soul’ message to the state government to rehabilitate the only access road to the place.

A cross section of the people, who spoke to our correspondent in Asaba, said the road is in bad shape with potholes and gully erosion dividing it into different portions.

According to one of the residents, Mr. Douglas Diese, whose car was trapped in one of the potholes, the bad road has damaged many cars and made the area impassable.

Meanwhile, the state government also yesterday started the process of revamping the 30-yeal old moribund Agro Service Centre in Owanta-Alishime, Ika North East Local Council area.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Austin Chikezie, said it was part of an agreement to concession the project to JJNP Resource Limited, who would be the new management.

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