Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has commenced the desilting of major creeks and canals in Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor Local Government Areas of the state.
The Sole Administrator of the Agency, Bro. Felix Obuah disclosed this yesterday while inspecting ongoing works at Ntanwogba Creek and other creeks in Port Harcourt.
Some of the creeks and canals undergoing desilting include, Mini Nwondugba, Mini Aziri, Mini Ngwolu and Mini Ekere canals and its environs.
Obuah said the purpose was to forestall a possibility of being caught in the predicted impending flooding of coastal areas of the country.
He noted that residents engage in the habit of throwing refuse into the canals and creeks, warning that relevant sanitation laws would catch up with the offenders if caught in the act.
The RIWAMA boss lamented that free flow of water in all the canals and creeks have been the major cause of flood due to indiscriminate dumping of garbage.
“These are typical examples of blocking the drains and preventing the free flow of waters. It is as a result of these that the Governor has mandated that all of these creeks and canals in the State must be cleaned to avoid flooding.
“We are going to demolish all buildings and structures blocking waterways in all the creeks and canals. Those putting up structures or throwing garbage to block the drains would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted.”