The Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, has again warned that the Saturday, October 31 sanitation exercise in the state would be strictly monitored and had therefore, warned against street football.
It disclosed that relevant security and para-military agencies have been directed to arrest and prosecute defaulters on Saturday.
The Agency said that it was tantamount to a sabotage of the state government and its efforts to keep the communities clean, for residents to engage in street football and sundry activity rather than participate in the clean-up exercise that normally lasts from 7.00am until 10.00am.
The Sole Administrator of the Agency, Bro. Felix Obuah, in a statement on Friday, signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Sole Administrator, said that as the people of the state gear up for this month’s statewide sanitation exercise scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, that trading, footballing and other social activities would not be tolerated.
In the statement, Bro. Obuah said such behaviour was not only “condemnable but grossly unpatriotic”, urging those who engage in the act to desist henceforth as defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted.
He noted that the statewide sanitation exercise is a civic duty which entails the participation of all well-meaning people of the State for the overall health and cleanliness of the environment.
The Sole Administrator warned that Sanitation Marshalls, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, have been directed to monitor the roads and streets with a view to arresting and prosecuting those who engage in this unwholesome act, adding that to be forewarned is to be forearmed.
He, therefore, charged parents and guardians to call their children to order as those who flout the sanitation rules would be arrested and brought before the Sanitation Court for immediate prosecution.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator stated that the full participation of all residents including youths in the state is solicited so as to engender a clean and healthy environment, stressing that using sanitation hours for street trading and footballing is tantamount to sabotaging the efforts of the Rivers State government.