Jos - Major streets in Jos, especially the commercial area accommodating majority of banks and shopping malls, have been overtaken by refuse owing to strike by Plateau workers.
Reports have suggested that traders have resorted to dumping waste on the road in the absence of the state waste management officials.
The report said that the mounting heaps of refuse now constitute public health hazards and a hindrance to motorists who now have to manouevre their way around them.
Kola Bello, a shop owner close to Forte Oil station on Ahmadu Bello Way, revealed that the refuse heaps mounted because the workers who usually evacuated them were on strike.
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He noted that the mountain of waste was also capable of causing an epidemic.
"This un-evacuated refuse is not only an eye sore but it constitutes serious health hazard, as it creates a convenient breeding site for most vectors such as rats and they transmit various diseases to humans," Bello said.
A trader, Nkem Elechi, also said that the stench from the refuse dump was appalling and appealed that the waste should be evacuated immediately to avoid a major health catastrophe.
Workers on the payroll of the state government had embarked on an indefinite strike on May 4 to press home their demands over unpaid salaries, pensions and improved working condition.