Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has appealed to traders and business operators in the State, especially market women and men, to help government by keeping the markets and surroundings clean.
Bro. Obuah, who made the appeal through a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, said the call is imperative, as, according to him, these markets and sales centers remain one of the largest generators of waste in the State.
The Sole Administrator also charged traders to see themselves as partners in the crusade for a clean and healthy Rivers State, urging them to play pivotal role by ensuring the implementation of the government’s policy to return Port Harcourt, the State Capital and its environs to its Garden City status.
The RIWAMA boss appealed to traders to make it a routine exercise to properly bag their waste and dump same at approved government receptacles only, at the close of business, charging them to report recalcitrants’ among them to the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) for immediate action.
Bro. Obuah also advised traders who sell in the evenings, especially in Mile One, Mile Three, Rumuokoro, Creek Road, Ogbunabali, Rumuomasi, Trans-Amadi (Slaughter), Garrison, Water Lines, Amadi-Amadi Roundabout, YKC Roundabout, Woji, Rumuodara, Eneka, Oyigbo, Eleme among others, to clean their areas before leaving the market and ensure that waste are not dumped indiscriminately.
He said the Agency would not hesitate to clamp down on any market or business centers where traders blatantly work to frustrate government’s effort in keeping Port Harcourt and its environs clean.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator once again, appealed to the traders to join hands with government and keep the markets tidy, adding that such undertaking would serve to appreciate Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, who is working relentlessly to improve the wellbeing of Rivers people.