TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has vowed to arrest and prosecute anyone that contravenes the sanitation law, by not observing the monthly exercise.
Sole Administrator of RIWAMA, Felix Obuah, further warned against converting the sanitation hours of 7am to 10am into street trading, footballing and other social activities.
Obuah, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, said such behaviour is not only condemnable, but grossly unpatriotic, urging those who engage in the act to desist henceforth, as defaulters would be arrested and prosecuted.
He noted that the statewide sanitation exercise is a civic duty which entails the participation of people of the State for the overall health and cleanliness of the environment.
The Sole Administrator warned that Sanitation Marshalls, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, have been directed to monitor the roads and streets with a view to arresting and prosecuting those who engage in this unwholesome act.
He, therefore, charged parents and guardians to call their children to order, as those who flout the sanitation rules would be arrested and brought before the Sanitation Court for immediate prosecution.
The RIWAMA boss stated that full participation of residents including youths in the State, is solicited so as to engender a clean and healthy environment.
He stressed that using sanitation hours for street trading and footballing was tantamount to sabotaging the efforts of the Rivers State government.