Waste disposal efforts: Sanitary conditions improve in Rivers capital
Tonnes of unwanted refuse heaps which have turned the Garden City to a garbage city are being removed.
They are being moved to properly designated waste disposal sites by service providers, following a 48 – hour ultimatum issued by the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) which expired on Monday.
Our Correspondent who went round the city reports that there have been some improvement in the sanitary outlook of the State capital.
We have learnt that the Sole Administrator of RIWAMA, Felix Obuah and members of his team have equally been moving round parts of the state capital to see things for themselves.
Obuah, read the riot act to service providers last week, saying they had only 48 hours to keep the city clean or lose their contract.
The ex-State chairman of the PDP who gave the order was under pressure from the State Government to galvanize service providers whose morale have been lowered by a spiralling debt profile that Governor Nyesom Wike is reportedly responsible for.
Governor Nyesom Wike who expressed disgust over the deteriorating level of filth evacuation had given the management of the Agency only one week to clear the mess.
Since the order was dished out by the Rivers State Government, RIWAMA officials who have been constrained by many challenges have been working round the clock.
The jobs of the management team would be on the line if they do not achieve results by the expiration of the Government deadline.
Obuah who addressed all those working with the Agency last week told them to take their work seriously.
He said they should avoid a situation where wastes are seen littered in any part of Port Harcourt.
Obuah warned that the consequence of non compliance with the order by service providers would result in the termination of their contracts.
Most service providers who are tied to big wigs in the ruling party have become nonchalant in their attitude towards the discharge of their assignments.
It is not clear what the reason for the low morale which currently exists among service providers might be.
However, the Telegraph has learnt throw agents who are working for firms that are providing services that the State Government may be at the centre of the waste crisis.
“How does the government and RIWAMA expect us to perform well when our needs are not being met”, a staff working for one of the service providers asked.
But when Obuah, met with service providers on Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Port Harcourt, he declared that the task to keep Port Harcourt the Rivers State Capital, and its environs clean at all times is a mission that must be accomplished.
While urging service providers to remain resolute, difficulties notwithstanding, Obuah noted that the Agency was “not unmindful of the challenges often encountered in their effort to keep the State clean and healthy.”
Along many routes in the State capital, there are several waste disposal vehicles that are broken down.
Most operators who own or hire these essential trucks in order to provide services are reportedly facing financial difficulties in order to maintain these vans, according to a source.
Obuah however regretted that “despite persistent cautions and warnings” from the Agency, some members of the public were still breaking environmental laws by dumping indiscriminately.
Many in the State are hoping local government councils would take charge of waste disposal matters in their areas.
The Sole Administrator had urged Local Government Council Chairmen to ensure that all areas within their jurisdiction are kept clean.
From our record, there are two more days to go before Wike’s deadline expures. Within that soace of time, RIWAMA officials hope they would cover more grounds.
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