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Rivers Govt To Tackle Flood, Garbage Throwers Risk Arrest

Posted: Oct 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia,

Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) said it has commenced the De-silting of major creeks and canals in the city of Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor Local Government Areas and their environs to forestall a possibility of being caught in the predicted impending flooding of coastal areas in the country.

Accordingly, residents and people engaged in the habit of throwing refuse into the canals and creeks had been told that the relevant sanitation laws would catch up with them if caught in the act.

The Sole Administrator of the Agency, Prince Felix Obuah, disclosed this while inspecting ongoing works at Ntanwogba Creek, Mini Nwondugba, Mini Aziri, Mini Ngwolu and Mini Ekere canals.

He explained that the initiative was part of Governor Nyesom Wike’s determination to rid the state of avoidable floods.

The RIWAMA boss lamented that free flow of water in all the canals and creeks have been hampered due to indiscriminate dumping of garbage.

Obuah who was accompanied on the inspection tour by RIWAMA’s Director of Administration, Mr. Ian Gobo pointed at a fenced wall which was erected close to the waterway of the GRA Phase 2 end of Ntanwogba Creek, adding that such was potential cause of flooding.


“These are typical examples of blocking the drains and preventing the free flow of waters. It is as a result of these that the Governor has mandated that all of these creeks and canals in the State must be cleaned to avoid flooding” he stated.

The Sole Administrator added that his Agency would demolish all buildings and structures blocking waterways in all the creeks and canals even as he said that those putting up such structures or throwing garbage to block the drains would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted.

Obuah who is also the Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the State, revealed that four swamp buggy vehicles were deployed to work in each of the creeks and canals, adding that the project had reached advanced stage and could be completed in a month’s time.

He said the use of the swam buggy became necessary in order to dig up the quantum of garbage buried beneath the canals and creeks, adding that the Wike administration would not compromise standards in executing projects.

Obuah added that the second phase of the project would be the clearing of the excavated silts to provide walkways at both sides of the creek so people could trek beside it.