There are speculations that the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) may have swallowed its vomit on its earlier decision cancelling this Saturday’s sanitation exercise because of the planned reception for the transpiration minister, Rotimi Amaechi.
An Ikwerre organisation is planning to honour Amaechi on Saturday, same day that RIWAMA which is being run by the state chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah announced the monthly sanitation would not hold.
RIWAMA, through Mr Jerry Needam, its spokesman, had issued a statement early on Thursday cancelling the sanitation. The reason he gave was the on-going commissioning of projects.
Radio stations in the state have been announcing the planned reception for Amaechi since Thursday. In a dramatic twist, the same RIWAMA issued another statement to the effect that the sanitation exercise would hold and that there would be strict restriction of movements.
The first statement reads: RIWAMA Announces Cancellation Of Sanitation Exercise For Saturday, June 30, 2018
“The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has announced the cancellation of this month’s state-wide sanitation exercise billed for Saturday, June 30, 2018.
“A statement issued by the Agency, and signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, to the Sole Administrator, RIWAMA, said the cancellation of the sanitation exercise was due to the ongoing commissioning of projects, as part of activities marking the 3rd anniversary celebration of the State Governor, Chief Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS Africa.
“Bro. Obuah said the cancellation of the exercise became necessary so as to enable residents, business operators in the State and visitors participate in the commissioning of projects as part of activities marking Governor Wike’s three years in office.
“He enjoined all residents and those doing business in the State to take advantage of the cancellation of the sanitation exercise to witness the commissioning of various projects executed by the Nyesom Wike administration.
“The RIWAMA boss also urged those living and doing business in the State to keep their surroundings clean, at all times.
“He further advised all residents in the state to maintain good sanitary habits by ensuring that their surroundings are clean at all times and emptying their gutters and other water channels, to allow for free flow of water.
Then the second statement, which came hours later:
“Bro. Felix Obuah, has announced that this month’s State-wide Sanitation exercise will hold on Saturday, June 30, 2018, across the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers State from 7am – 10am.
“The RIWAMA Sole Administrator, who made the announcement, said there will be strict restriction of human and vehicular movements during the period of the exercise from 7am – 10am.
“A statement issued by the Agency and signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Sole Administrator, RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah, emphasized that this statement supersedes the earlier statement as restriction of movements during the exercise will be strictly enforced.
“Bro. Obuah also enjoined all Rivers people and those living and doing business in the State to comply accordingly by using the period to clean their environment or surroundings as defaulters will face the wrath of the law.
“He urged owners of trucks (individuals and cooperate organizations) to make available their trucks for evacuation of waste that would be generated during the period of the sanitation exercise.
“While urging the people of the State to support Governor Nyesom Wike’s vision of a clean and safe environment, Bro. Obuah reiterated the uncompromised commitment of the Agency (RIWAMA) in making Port Harcourt regain its Garden City status as well as having a healthy and clean State for the citizenry.
“The Sole Administrator of RIWAMA, Bro. Felix Obuah, enjoined all Local Government Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Councils of Rivers State and security agencies to comply accordingly with the Restriction of Movement Order during the period of the exercise in their respective council areas.