Kaduna - Residents of Kaduna on Wednesday expressed sadness over the emergence of heaps of refuse along major roads in the city.
A cross section of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that the manner in which the refuse was piling up was alarming and a seriuous threat to public health.
Mrs Rodah Auta, a resident of Angwan Romi, told NAN that the city was becoming an eye sore and called on the state government to intervene before the situation leads to outbreak of diseases.
According to her, there are about 20 refuse dumps between the Command Junction and Sabo-NNPC junction alone, because the refuse collection companies have not been evacuating the refuse for sometime.
Rodah added that the rail track between Television Garage and Sabo-Angwar Juji had also been littered by refuse.
Another resident, Mr Yohanna Haruna, alleged that some of the solid wastes companies had converted the Angwar Yelwa grave yard along Kaduna-Kachia road into a refuse dump.
"The Angwar Yelwa gully has been filled by refuse which has covered the major road linking Romi and Gbagyi District."
He blamed the solid waste companies of dumping refuse in the community that was evacuated from other areas of the city, thereby causing discomfort to residents.
Responding to the allegation, Mr Amos Bako, the Manager, Elcapstone, one of the solid waste companies contracted by the state governmet, said the refuse being dumped at Angwar Yelwa gully was meant to sand fill the gully and stop erosion.
According to him, the action was taken following an official request by the community leaders.
NAN reports that other areas littered by refuse include Angwar Dosa, Legislative quarters, Kawo, Hayin Banki and Rafin Guza.
When contacted on the issue, the state Director of Environment, Mr Caleb Guruza, attibuted the mounting refuse in the city to recent Sallah break.
Guruza assured residents that the refuse would be evacuated as soon as possible.
He, however, warned the waste evacuation companies against laxity, saying that the government would not hesitate to sanction any of them found wanting.