The Director General of the Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, has affirmed that the plan by the state government to develop Warri, Uvwie and environs is beyond the master drainage project.
Macaulay, who stated this when he met with members of the Ekpan Development Committee in Warri, said the mandate of the Agency encompassed an integrated development of the entire area, noting that the mandate of the Agency was not limited to Warri and Effurrun as it also extended to some parts of Udu, Okpe and Ughelli south.
He lamented that most of the environmental challenges were self inflicted, pointing out that the Agency was doing everything possible to justify the purpose for which it was established, which he said was to give the cities of Warri/Uvwie and environs a face-lift.
The DG decried the habit of dumping refuse indiscriminately by residents of the cities, describing as painful the continued dumping of waste in unauthorised places even after they had been evacuated by the Agency. .
Macaulay called on the Ekpan Development Committee to assist the Agency in educating the people on the need to maintain a clean environment, and appealed to them to join hands with the Agency to keep the environment clean.
He assured the people of Ekpan that the Agency would carry them along in the scheme of things.
The Chairman of Ekpan Development Committee, Mr. Innocent Adjenughure, thanked the DG for educating the community on its role in ensuring a clean environment.
Adjenughure promised that the people would be sensitized to stop open defecation and littering of the environment, and to ensure that government laws and regulations were enforced in the community.