The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah have warned residents of the state to desist from converting the sanitation hours of 7am to 10am into street trading, footballing and other social activities.
Obuah issued this warning ahead of the state-wide sanitation exercise which holds tomorrow, Saturday, October 31, 2020.
According to him in a statement made available to TNN through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, he said, “Such behavior is not only condemnable but grossly unpatriotic, those who engage in the act should desist henceforth as defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted.
“The statewide sanitation exercise is a civic duty which entails the participation of all well-meaning people of the State for the overall health and cleanliness of the environment.”
The Sole Administrator warned that Sanitation Marshalls in conjunction with law enforcement agencies have been directed to monitor the roads and streets with a view to arresting and prosecuting those who engage in the act he described as unwholesome, adding that to be forewarned is to be forearmed.
He charged parents and guardians to call their children to order as those who flout the sanitation rules would be arrested and brought before the Sanitation Court for immediate prosecution.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator stated that the full participation of all residents including youths in the State is solicited so as to engender a clean and healthy environment, stressing that using sanitation hours for street trading and footballing is tantamount to sabotaging the efforts of the Rivers State government.