Rivers Waste Management Agency Arrests 17  Persons For Dumping Wastes On Road Median!

Following the ban placed on dumping of wastes on median of roads/streets in Port -Harcourt, capital of Rivers State and its environs, the Rivers State Waste Management Agency, (RIWAMA) has commenced the arrest and prosecution of defaulters.

RIWAMA had last week, following refusal to heed several pleas and warnings not to dump wastes on the median of the road by residents and those doing business in the state banned dumping of wastes on the median of roads and streets in Port- Harcourt and its environs.

A Task Force was immediately inaugurated to enforce the order and arrest and prosecute any person(s) caught breaching the order.

RIWAMA Sole Administrator, Bro Felix Obuah Friday evening, led the Task Force to enforce the ban on dumping of wastes on the median of roads and streets

A total of 17 defaulters who were caught dumping wastes on the median of the road were arrested by the Task Force.

Those arrested were:

1. Adamu Idris- Nasarawa
2. Abubakar Bala- Kano State
3. Usani Usman- Katsina
4. Daiyabu Danladi- Katsina
5. Sanusi Buhari – Kano
6. Ummar Hashinu- Jigawa
7. Shehu Abubakar Ahmed- Kano
8. Kabiru Ibrahim – Kano
9. Salisu Saidu- Katsina
10. Magaji Yaii-
11. Attah Salihu- Katsina
12. Lawal Aminu – Kano
13. Abdullahi Ishag- Katsina
14. Barani Saidu- Kano
15. Solomon Aki – IMO
16. Goodnew Friday – Cross Rivers
17. Ledor IKpug- Rivers State

Bro Obuah said for refusing to heed several pleas and warnings not to dump wastes on the median of the road, the Agency has shifted from making appeals to people to stop the animalistic behaviour to dealing with those who refuse to repent from the act to arrest and prosecution, to serve as deterrents to others.

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He regretted that some persons are in the habits of not using government approved receptacles strategically located at various points on the roads and streets to dump their wastes, preferring to test the might of the Agency by dumping and scattering wastes on the median of the roads and streets, and also outside government approved dumping hours of 6pm to 12 midnight.

The RIWAMA Sole Administrator also condemned dumping of refuse outside the approved dumping hours of 6pm to 12 midnight.

He said all those arrested would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.

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