From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
The Monitoring Team of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), has arrested six persons for dumping construction/building wastes on the median of Market Road in Rumuomasi area of Port Harcourt.
Sole Administrator of RIWAMA, Felix Obuah, who disclosed this in a statement, yesterday, condemned the unwholesome practice of dumping construction/building wastes at the median of roads, stressing that such actions not only sabotage the efforts of the agency, but also destroy the aesthetic beauty of the roads.
Obuah said the six sanitation defaulters were caught in the act while littering the median of the road with construction/building wastes, long after the approved dumping hours of 6pm to 12 midnight.
He said: “In the early hours of today (Friday), some unpatriotic persons, bent on sabotaging the activities of Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA emptied into the road and on the median of Market Road, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, large volume of debris, mainly construction/building wastes, and defaced the beauty of the road, contrary to sanitation laws of Rivers State.”
Obuah added that the arrested persons would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.
The Sole Administrator regretted that the activities of these unpatriotic persons were geared at frustrating the good efforts of the agency.
He assured that RIWAMA remains resolute and would not be deterred by activities of such individuals whom he described as destructive elements.
Obuah restated that to keep the roads, markets and other public places clean and healthy at all times is a task that must be done by all and sundry.
He noted that last month (July), the agency embarked on a Public Enlightenment and Sensitization Campaign Against Indiscriminate Dumping of Wastes, Waste Management and Dumping Time of 6pm to 12 midnight.
The RIWAMA boss reaffirmed his stance that those who flout sanitation rules are enemies of the State, stressing that residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, and its environs, have no excuse to dump refuse indiscriminately as receptacles have been strategically positioned close to business and residential places.
He appealed to Rivers people and those living and doing business in the State to join hands with the state government to keep Port Harcourt, the state capital and its environs clean at all times.
Obuah again reaffirmed the warning that the agency would not fold its hands and watch unpatriotic agents sabotage the efforts of RIWAMA.
The sole administrator revealed that a surveillance team has been put in place to arrest and prosecute anyone found throwing dirts on the median, as well as dumping wastes outside the approved hours of 6pm to 12 midnight.
He said the actions of the arrested defaulters became more provocative as a Public Enlightenment and Sensitization Team on Indiscriminate Dumping of Wastes, Waste Management and Dumping Time of 6pm to 12midnight Campaign was recently organized by the agency.