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Traders Want Better Waste Management In Markets

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Traders in some markets in Lagos on Thursday urged waste management officials to improve on waste collection in markets.

The traders made the call during the weekly sanitation exercise for traders.

The Tide learnt that during the exercise, traders were actively clearing and evacuating refuse and cleaning drains to ensure a tidy environment that would also cope with any heavy rainfall.

Markets visited were Miniru Baruwa, Lawanson; Idi-Araba; Oyingbo and Yaba.

At Miniru Baruwa Lawanson market, the traders complained that waste managers who were supposed to cart away refuse from the weekly cleaning, usually delay in doing their job.

Mr Promise Okon, a trader in the market, told our correspondent  that the waste managers now pick up refuse twice a month, instead of picking the refuse on weekly basis.

Okon said that the traders use cart pushers to move their refuse because earlier appeals for assistance to the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) for a truck has failed.

“We have complained to LAWMA to help us get a truck that we can dump our refuse into after sanitation every week, but no response.

“We now employ someone who helps us to carry the refuse to the expressway at night for the LAWMA trucks to pick up.

“We have been warned not to patronise cart pushers but no alternative has been provided, so we make do with our own alternative,’’ Okon said.

At Oyingbo and Yaba markets, traders said more trucks should be kept at the markets due to the huge amount of waste being generated each day.

Mrs Ganiyat Adams, a trader in Oyingbo, said that the refuse collectors were not showing up at the right time, and the huge refuse always constituted environmental nuisance.

At Yaba, near the construction site of the new market, traders called for the inclusion of a major refuse collection point in the market plan to keep it clean.

Tide learnt that the essence of the weekly sanitation exercises is for traders to clean up their environment and to properly discharge the waste generated in each market.

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LG Boss Moves To Make Council Area Cleanest In Rivers

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Chairman of Ogba/Egbema / Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon Vincent Job, has announced a compulsory monthly sanitation exercise in the area.
Job told newsmen in Omoku last Saturday that the situation was in line with his campaign promise to make ONELGA one of the cleanest in the state.
He called on residents to ensure that their surroundings are kept clean always.
The ONELGA chairman said his administration will continue to sensitise the people on the importance of cleanliness at all times.
Job also restated his commitment to complement Governor Nyesom Wike in the areas of human capital and infrastructural development.
“I will describe the sanitation exercise today as awesome. It is in fulfillment of our campaign promise”.
“We must lead by example, my humble self, Vice Chairman, councilors and members of the executives are on the field to monitor, supervise and direct the exercise,” he said.
He urged the people to cooperate with his administration in the drive to reposition ONELGA for greater heights.

By: John Bibor

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AELN Takes Campaign On Environment To School …Inaugurates Green Mandates

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The Association of Environmental Lawyers of Nigeria (AELN), last Friday, took its sensitisation and advocacy campaign to Community Secondary School, Rumuepirikom in Port Harcourt with a charge to students of the school to join the vanguard of protecting and preserving the environment as well as keeping it clean at all times.
The association equally inaugurated some students of the school as green mandates, even as it promised scholarship to those who succeed in gaining admission in universities in the country to study Environmental Law.
Led by the National President of the association, and Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Law, Dr. Samuel Chisa Dike, the group took time to educate the students on what constitutes the environment in totality and some of the environmental challenges confronting the Niger Delta region in particular including flooding, erosion and pollution arising from oil and gas activities in the region.
Dike, who primarily dished out the lectures, at the end of it all, asked the students sundry questions, which they brilliantly provided answers to.
Interestingly, all the students who answered the questions correctly were rewarded with customised exercise books to aid and assist them in their courses of study in the school.
The National President said the association took the sensitisation campaign to the school in order to catch them young, and to inculcate in them environmental ethics, as the environment constitutes life itself and the future, for which reason, mankind must strive to preserve and protect it at all times.
According to him, the sensitisation campaign on the environment is for everybody and not only for the young.
The National Organising Secretary of the association, Mrs Tina Ihunna decorated the students who volunteered to become green mandates.
The visibly elated Principal of the school, Mrs Nina Okene thanked members of the association for the initiative, and enjoined the students to read and study hard in order to bag the association’s scholarship awards, stressing that there is need to take care of the environment.

By: Donatus Ebi

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2021 Flooding: NEMA Tasks States On Emergency Measures

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The South South zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has called on states in the zone to be prepared to relocate their citizens to higher grounds in the events of flooding this year.
Zonal Director of the agency, Godwin Tepikor said this in an exclusive interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt.
Tepikor said in line with the Nigerian Hydrological Survey Agency (NIHSA) production, some parts of the Niger Delta will experience devastating flooding this year.
He said the prediction should make state governments in the region to think of enduring measures to mitigate the impact of the impending flood disaster.
The Zonal Director, however regretted that most state governments in the Niger Delta region are not giving a thought to the issue.
“Let’s begin to take measures to mitigate the impact of flood, people should look for a higher ground to move to”, he said.
He noted that states in the region have roles to play in the management of flooding and its impact, stressing that NEMA is only playing the role of a coordinator as far as flooding management is concerned.
The Director also advised citizens in the zone to adopt measures that will reduce the impact of flooding in their communities.
According to him, citizens must stop using waterways as a receptacle to throw waste while building on water right of ways should be discouraged.
He also called for regular sanitation to clear the waterways of debris, while both states and local governments in the zone must regularly enlighten their people on ways of combating flooding

By: John Bibor

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