‘RIWAMA still not happy with service providers’

The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro Felix Obuah has expressed displeasure with some service providers who are yet to comply with his appeal to take their jobs more seriously.

Obuah, in a statement from the office of the Sole Administrator signed by Jerry Needam, the agency’s Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, said the worst offenders were the service providers in charge of Rumuibekwe zone of Port Harcourt, stressing that the agency might be compelled to invoke all the relevant laws of the agency regarding the operations of the service providers.

He wondered why the contractors found it difficult to take advantage of the free hand offered them by the Agency to do the right things at the right time.

According to him, if they show commitment to their job and keep to the prescribed time of evacuating the accumulated wastes, the ugly sites and resurgence of refuse heaps noticed in some parts of the state capital will not be there.

The administrator expressed displeasure that the efforts and huge government revenue being invested in some of the service providers to keep all the nooks and crannies of the state clean were yet to yield corresponding and expected results on the environment.

He emphasised that the only way to appreciate and encourage Governor Nyesom Wike for the passion he had for a healthy environment in the state and the huge resources being committed into the project was to do the needful and let wastes be a very scarce commodity in the state.

This, he said, could only be achieved if the service providers could do away with laxity in their assignments and for the populace to discharge their wastes at the designated spots within the specified time frame, the RIWAMA boss added.

Obuah further reminded the general public that the wastes and discharges they generated ought to be paid for according to the laws establishing the Agency, but that the government did this on their behalf.

The only way, he said, to reciprocate this kind gesture was to adhere to, and take the instructions of the Agency on environmental sanitation seriously.