The Ebonyi state government has given all the contractors hired to keep the capital city clean three months dead line to meet up to the contractual agreement or lose their contracts.
The state Commissioner for environment, Moses Ogodo-Ali, who disclosed this in Abakaliki after the monthly sanitation exercise, said any contractor who fails to meet up within three months will be shown the way out.
He noted that the state had already laid off three contractors for non-performance and would not hesitate to take similar acton against other erring contractors. The Commissioner however, noted that 80 percent of the contractors are very obedient and have been keeping the terms of the contract.
He said, "we have called a meeting with the contractors where we gave them three months to make Abakaliki the cleanest city by clearing the road sides, sweeping the street and cleaning the gutter and evacuating the waste where they find it.
"That those areas where we find weakness and nonchalant attitude must be corrected or we show them way out no matter who is involved. "For those contractors who are not doing well, by the end of January, must show them the way out. We relieved three contractors who were doing well their contracts in September and replaced them with new ones.
"The contract agreement empowers us to revoke the contract from any contractor that is not doing well and government has employed 56 supervisors to always supervise them and bring reports to the ministry of environment".
Ogodo-Ali commended the manner residents turn out en masse to participate in the monthly exercise and urged them sustain it and improve more. "We saw Residents participating and I saw Journalists working . So, I think it has been so good but we think people should improve more. Along the street, we saw that Residents allow government to clean the streets alone.
"Government is spending so much money to keep the environment clean and we need the people to help us;people are still defecating in the bush; people are still washing their clothes and other domestic items and pouring the water in our gutters; people are still throwing their wastes on the streets without minding that there are dust bins provided by government.
"It is our charge that residents should keep their frontage and surrounding clean. We think that if that is done, coupled with what ministry of environment is doing, our state will get to where we want it to be", he said. The Environment Commissioner also appealed to members of the public to always report workers of the ministry who indulge in unethical activities for disciplinary action.
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