RIWAMA seeks community leader’s cooperation to keep Rivers clean

To keep Rivers state and its environs clean, the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has called for synergy among youth and community leaders to achieve its official mandate.

The special adviser to governor on environmental sanitation, Prince Obi Ohia, made the call during the meeting between the youth of Obio/ Akpor and lkwerre local government areas in Port Harcourt, Wednesday.

Prince Ohia said Governor Fubara led – administration is making huge efforts in making sure that Rivers state return to its original garden city status.

The governor’s aide stated that if anyone goes against the law of the agency, he or she would be apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.

He stated that: “All we are trying to do is to incorporate community leaders and youth to be part and parcel of enforcement of policies, rules and regulations of the agency. We try to inform them that the dumping time of refuge still remains 6: oopm and 10:00am every day.

“And by these times, any person that intends to dispose refuge should go out to government approved receptacles to do so. And anybody that is caught before these time and after these time is working against government policy and wanting to sabotage agency in its obligations to keep Rivers State clean,” he said.

The governor’s aide who stressed the need for residents in the state not to dump refuge indiscriminately appealed to community leaders to be watchdogs of their respective environments for a healthy living.

Also speaking, sanitation marshall, Mr. Sodin Akiagba, who called for proper management system for cleaner environment, commended the special adviser to the governor, Prince Ohia, for such interactive session and urged residents of the state to contribute their quota in keeping Rivers state clean.