The Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, has announced that this month’s sanitation exercise would hold on Saturday, being the last in the month.
A statement on Thursday by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Bro. Felix Obuah, the Agency’s Sole Administrator, stated that the Saturday, October 31, 2020, exercise shall take place across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State between the hours of 7am and 10am.
The statement said there would be strict restriction of human and vehicular movements during the period of the exercise and warned that defaulters risk appropriate penalty,
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator enjoined councils’ chairmen, councillors, paramount rulers, Community Development Committees, CDCs, Youth Councils and other groups, to ensure full participation of the people in their respective areas.
Bro. Obuah appealed to security agencies, particularly Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), to strictly enforce the restriction of human and vehicular movement order during the period of the exercise across the State.
The Sole Administrator called for massive participation by residents of the different areas and enjoined them to mobilise their neighbourhood to clean their environment, surroundings and empty their gutters and other water channels for free flow of water, as defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted.
Bro Obuah warned against converting the period of the sanitation exercise to street trading, physical training, footballing and other social activities, stressing that defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted before the Sanitation Court that would be sitting at the RIWAMA premises on Saturday, October 31.
He urged owners of trucks, individuals and corporate organizations, to make available their trucks for evacuation of wastes that would be generated during the period of the sanitation exercise.
While urging the good people of the State to support Governor Nyesom Wike’s vision of a clean and safe environment, Bro. Obuah reiterated the firm commitment of the Agency in ensuring that Port Harcourt regains its Garden City status as well as remain a clean and healthy State for the residents.