The Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro Felix Obuah, on Tuesday, called on Rivers people to adequately remove and dispose of their wastes at only government approved receptacles.
A statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Jerry Needam, also urged those doing business in the State to discontinue the dumping of refuse into creeks, canals and other waterways in the State, to allow for free flow of water and avoid flooding.
Bro Obuah who gave the warning while reacting to reports of fresh cases of flooding in some parts of Port Harcourt and other Local Government Areas of the State, also observed with dismay, the building of houses and fenced walls on waterways.
According to the RIWAMA Sole Administrator, “the ongoing de-silting of major creeks and canals in Port Harcourt, the State Capital and its environs, is a deliberate effort of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to tackle issues associated with heavy rainfall and floods this year and ensure that the predicted floods in some parts of the country including Rivers by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, is adequately tackled.
“Rainfall alone does not necessarily cause floods, rather human factor like dumping of refuse in creeks and canals, thereby blocking waterways and resulting to flooding as witnessed in some parts of the State,” Obuah said.
Bro Obuah however assured that the state government would henceforth implement the relevant laws against indiscriminate and illegal dumping of wastes at unapproved places as well as bring down buildings, fenced walls and other structures on waterways, to pave way for free flow of water on the streets and roads.