The Delta State Waste Management Board has sealed off the massive illegal dump site at Okwe junction on the Onitsha – Benin highway, Asaba.
The Chairman of the Board, Mr Emmanuel Chinye, led officials of the establishment to erect warning sign posts at different locations at the dump site which had been a preferred dumping ground for residents of Okwe, the Police B Division and the Abraka market traders.
Addressing newsmen on Saturday at the site during the monthly sanitation exercise, Mr Chinye said government would not take lightly further dumping of refuse at the sealed dump site and indeed any other illegal dump site in the 8 pilot cities in the state.
He noted that the dump site had been an eye sour to travellers on the highway, and blamed its existence on the activities of corporate and individual clients in the area who had refused to register with the Private Sector Participants for the disposal of their waste.
Mr Chinye expressed optimism that the prohibition order would be complied with given the high number of clients that registered with the PSPs during the recent sensitization and enforcement drive by the Board in Asaba.
He disclosed that the State Environmental Sanitation Task Force and officials of the Board would collaborate to police all illegal dump sites across the state with a view to discouraging their existence, stressing that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law.
The Board Chairman later visited the Abraka market also on the Onitsha – Benin highway where he ordered yam sellers operating beyond the fence of where they plied their trade to relocate before Monday or face unpleasant consequences.
Mr Chinye said the traders had earlier been told to move to the Oko junction axis as their continued stay at the present location was in conflict with the ongoing beautification of the state capital.