The Chairman, Delta State Waste Management Board, Honourable Emmanuel Chinye, has called on Deltans to seek better ways of managing their waste rather than block the drains and natural water ways.
Honourable Chinye made the call in Asaba while reacting to complaints on inappropriate disposal of refuse by some residents of Asaba
He said the state government in its determination to ensure that Delta State remained clean engaged the services of Private Sector Participants PSPs, and wondered why some Deltans preferred to dump their domestic waste on median strips, roads and drains.
While saying that government would no longer condone indiscriminate dumping of refuse and the blocking of natural water ways in any part of the state, the Waste Management Board Chairman advised the PSPs to take the areas/zones assigned to them for waste evacuation seriously to avoid complaints from residents who had keyed into the process.
He warned that any one caught in the act of indiscriminate disposal of waste would be dealt with in accordance to the law.
Meanwhile, one Ms Mosuratu Omotosho, and the wheel barrow pusher she engaged to pick up waste from her residence, Mr Zubaru Abubakar, who was caught dumping the waste on the road, have been arraigned before a Mobile Magistrate’s Court.
The Magistrate, Faith kekejeh kalu, in her judgement, said ignorance of the law was not an excuse, insisting that a clean Delta was achievable.
She slammed a fine of N35,000 on the first defendant and N25,000 on the second, the wheel barrow pusher, in accordance with the Waste Management Board law, as cost of evacuation, or two months imprisonment each.
The first accused person was able to pay the fine, while the wheel barrow pusher was taken to the Ogwashi Uku Prison for a two month prison term.