Mr Felix Obuah, Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), has renewed calls on the residents of Port Harcourt to shun indiscriminate waste disposal.
Obuah made the call while speaking to newsmen during his inspection of some water channels in Port Harcourt .
He said that indiscriminate dumping of waste was responsible for the flooding incidents which occurred in some parts of the city.
The sole administrator blamed automobile mechanics, traders and other artisans for dumping non-biodegradable garbage in water channels.
“This act has continued in spite of persistent warnings from RIWAMA. It is worrisome that people are unfriendly to the environment. Continuous dumping of solid waste into gutters and other waterways can frustrate our efforts to reduce the menace of flooding in the city,’’ he said.
Obuah particularly called on artisans and traders to evolve effective ways of disposing of the waste which they generated in the course of their daily activities.
He announced that RIWAMA monitoring team would soon begin unscheduled visits to mechanic workshops and markets in neighbourhoods like Ikokwu, Diobu, Rumuola, Oyigbo, Eleme and Rumuomasi.
He added that the team would also visit Elelenwo, Woji, Odili Road, Trans Amadi, Aba Road, Amadi Ama, Oil Mill and Rumukurusi areas in the city.