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Garbage: Rivers Govt Issues 24Hrs Ultimatum To Contractors

Posted: Jun 7, 2015 at 2:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia P/Harcourt 

In a bid to rid the city of Port Harcourt of refuse dumped everywhere in the state capital, the Rivers state government has issued a 24-hour ultimatum to refuse contractors in the state to clear the garbage.

The new Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Felix Obuah, upon assumption of duty on Friday held meetings with top the management of the agency, refuse contractors as well as the union of staff under the aegis of AUCPTRE.

Addressing the refuse contractors at the meeting which held at the Conference Hall of the agency, Obuah, who is also the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), expressed dismay at the refusal of the refuse contractors to return to work even after Governor Nyesom Wike directed them to do so last Wednesday.

The RIWAMA Boss hinted that the recalcitrant behaviour of the contractors necessitated his appointment by the Governor to take charge of the affairs of the Agency with a view to returning Port Harcourt to its famed Garden City status.

He said the Governor personally took a surprised tour of the streets of Port Harcourt on Thursday and described what the Governor saw as an eyesore.

The Sole Administrator said that following the development, the governor had directed that the city must be cleaned up within 24 hours and that any contractor who contravened the directive would have his contract terminated.

Obuah added that his mandate was not just to return the city to its lost glory, but to instill a culture of cleanliness on residents as well as visitors.

He said Governor Wike was not oblivious of the fact that the contractors were being owed as much as four months backlog by the outgone administration of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and assured that with their cooperation, he would do everything possible to clear all outstanding.