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RIWAMA urges Rivers LG Chairmen to mobilise people for monthly sanitation



The Rivers Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has urged Local Government Council Chairmen and Councilors in Rivers to mobilise their people to clean their environment during the monthly sanitation for this month.

Mr Felix Obuah, RIWAMA’s Sole Administrator, made the call on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

“The statewide environmental clean-up will hold in Rivers on Nov. 30 across the 23 Local Government Areas from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.,’’ Obuah said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Jerry Needam.

“I appealed to security agencies, particularly all Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders, to strictly enforce the restriction of human and vehicular movement order during the period of the exercise.’’

Obuah also urged residents and the people of Rivers to comply accordingly by using the period to clean their environment.

He warned that defaulters would be arrested and prosecuted.

The agency’s boss urged owners of trucks, individuals and corporate organisations to make available their trucks for evacuation of wastes generated during the period of the exercise.

Obuah called on traditional rulers, Church leaders, Community Development Committees and youth groups to mobilise their people to clean their surroundings.

(Edited & Vetted By: Dianabasi Effiong/Peter Ejiofor)


Rivers waste management warns residents against indiscriminate dumping of refuse



Mr Felix Obuah, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) says the agency will continue to arrest and prosecute offenders who dump refuse indiscriminately in the state.

Obuah made this known in a statement issued to newsmen by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Jerry Needam on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.

He said that the agency would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute more offenders, especially those who continued to dump wastes at unapproved receptacles and unauthorised hours.

“The agency will no longer condone the dumping of refuse at places other than the RIWAMA-approved receptacles and during dumping hours of 6 p.m. to midnight.

“Those who are living and doing business in the state and its environs have no excuse to dump refuse indiscriminately as receptacles have been strategically positioned close to business and residential places,” he said.

He urged residents to stop any form of indiscriminate dumping of refuse to encourage workers who clear the waste to keep the state clean. (NAN)


Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Grace Yussuf


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Wike charges environmental services providers on clean-up of Port Harcourt 



Gov, Nyesom Wike of  Rivers has directed environmental service providers to clean up their respective beats within seven days.

The governor gave the directive at an interactive meeting with the service providers of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) on Monday at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Wike  said his administration was committed to returning Port Harcourt to its Garden City status  and warned that sanitation service providers found wanting would have their contracts revoked.

Wike said: “As I go out daily, I feel unhappy because of the filth in different parts of the  state capital. The job of cleaning this town must be done.

“At present, Port Harcourt is dirty and we must accept this fact. I stated this during  my inauguration address. But we are determined to change the situation.’’

Wike charged all environmental service providers to live up their responsibilities  and justify the fees paid them by the state government.

“I was not the person who awarded the contracts.  I don’t even know the contractors. I have not restricted contracts to my supporters. Several of you are from the opposition parties.

“But we must endeavour to ensure that all parts of the state capital remain clean,’’ he said.

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