Vanguard (Lagos)

22 June 2012

Nigeria: Uduaghan Orders Local Government to Clear Up Refuse Dumps

Sapele — Works and Environmental Maintenance of all the 25 local government councils across Delta State, Friday, commenced a three-day cleaning and waste removal exercise of all major towns and cities, incompliance to a marching order handed to them by the state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.

In an emergency meeting held recently in the state capital, Asaba, Governor Uduaghan had given three days to officials of Works and Environmental Maintenance Units of all the local governments to the effect that all hips of refuse dumps in the state, which had been constituting health hazards to the people of the state for some time now, are cleared and moved to a permanent refuse dump site, far from the cities.

As early as 8.00Am yesterday, staff of Works and Environment Department of Sapele Local Government Area were evacuating refuse dumps from various unauthorised refuse sites in Sapele, in compliance with the governor's martching order.

The Sapele refuse evaquation of yesterday was supervised by the Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Local Government Affairs, Sir Chris Ika, the Head of Personnel of Sapele local government, Comrade Olumami Oyibo, Sapele Local Government Council engineer, Engr. Joseph Ovigueroye and other senior administative and health officers of Sapele local government Council.

The HPM, Comrade Olumami Oyibo told Vanguard that the governor's directive was been carried out in Sapele and that a permanent refuse dump site was been prepared outside the town where private refuse collectors to be assisted by the council's refuse disposal unit, will dump all refuse.

He further said, residents in Sapele would be encouraged to patronize the services of private waste removal contractors who would be picking their refuse from their homes for safe disposal in the designated refuse site, to prevent further littering of the streets.

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