Rivers State Wastes Management Agency, RIWAMA, has appealed to residents of Port Harcourt, to bear with the agency as plans are ongoing to ensure wastes evacuation.
In a release made available to TNN, the sole administrator of RIWAMA, Felix Obuah announced that the Agency’s dump sites have been closed down.
Obuah also assured that efforts are being made to acquire new dump sites, so as to commence full evacuation of wastes in Port Harcourt, and its environs, within 48 hours.
The RIWAMA boss explained that evacuation of wastes will be delayed from Friday, January 14, 2022 due to the permanent closure of the Agency’s major dump sites.
He appealed to residents, especially from the affected areas where wastes would be noticed to bear with the Agency as everything humanly possible is being done to ensure that new dump sites are acquired and put back to use without delay, even as he promised that evacuation of wastes would commence in earnest.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator further called on residents in the affected areas to observe sanitary decorum and not to take undue advantage of the situation to dump their wastes indiscriminately.
While appreciating them for their understanding, Obuah assured that the Agency would not relent in its effort to ensure that the State is kept clean at all times.
He also reminded residents and those doing business in the State that dumping of wastes on the median remained prohibited, warning that anyone caught dumping wastes on the median and outside government approved hours of 6pm to 12midnight, would be arrested and prosecuted.