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Rivers decries refuse dumping habits

16 February 2016, 07:54Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Felix Obuah, has denounced the continued indiscriminate dumping of wastes on the streets and roads within the state capital, Port Harcourt and its environs.

Obuah denounced this trend as “disturbing” and “dangerous.”

He observed with dismay that despite the efforts of government to keep the state clean, healthy and safe for all, by providing receptacles at strategic points within and around the state capital for easy disposal of wastes, people had continued to litter the streets with waste with careless abandon.

Also Read: Exercise launched to clean up Rivers areas

Commercial vehicle operators, street traders and commuters are mainly guilty of this act.

Such indiscriminate dumping of wastes according to the RIWAMA boss helps in breeding rodents responsible for the virus that causes the deadly Lassa Fever.

“It’s therefore necessary to be cautious and responsible the way we handle and dispose off the wastes generated whether we are driving, being driven or at our work places.

He said doing this will not only complement government efforts to keep the state clean and safe but also checkmate the spread of deadly diseases like the Ebola and Lassa Fever.

- CAJ News


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