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Delta raises panel to demolish illegal structures, sanitise Asaba

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The Delta State Government yesterday unveiled the Committee on Environment to rid Asaba of illegal structures, filth and shanties.

The panel, which fully begins work next Monday, followed an earlier riot act at a stakeholders’ meeting convened the Director General of Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency (ACTDA), Amaechi Mrakpor, that had elapsed including another one week of grace.

The special ad hoc committee, comprising two ministries and three agencies, has the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu; his Environment counterpart, Chris Onogba; ACTDA DG Mrakpor; Chairman of the State Waste Management Agency, Emma Chidi; and Director-General, Directorate of Orientation, Eugene Uzum.

Addressing reporters in Asaba, Aniagwu stated: “Residents should help the state government by keeping their environment free from filth and bushes. Landlords within the capital territory are by this notice, advised to adhere to this warning to avoid sanctions and penalties.”

On her part, Mrakpor recalled the efforts of her agency in sensitising the residents, noting: “We started with a stakeholders’ meeting six weeks ago with major and small business owners in Asaba and environs. At that meeting, we came up with a communiqué and also made the laws and penalties available to them. After the initial 21-day notice for them to comply with the resolution, we again gave a one-week grace.

“The essence was for them to be abreast with our plans for a better state capital territory, as we cannot afford to continue with a filthy environment where anything goes. To underscore our seriousness, mobile courts will start sitting fully from next week.

“We are in need of investors, so we need a better environment for them to thrive in, as what we are seeing is, not what we should continue having as a Delta State capital.”


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