The Rivers State Government, says it would soon commence the process for the fumigation of all flood ravaged sites across the state.
Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Nyema Weli said this at Okwuzi in the Ogba Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area during a special sanitation exercise in the four flooded ravaged local government areas of the state.
Dr. Weli who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. George Nwueke, also said that the government had undertaken a comprehensive enumeration of all impacted sites while the level of damages done by the flood to the communities have also been determined.
He said that the sanitation was taken to the local government areas to check the possible outbreak of diseases as the water continue to recede.
“Life at the areas that were affected by flood is very important to us, so today we started to take the sanitation exercise to these areas,” he said.
The commissioner stressed the need for chairmen of the affected local government areas, to continuously mobilise their people for special sanitation exercises around the affected communities, stressing that apart from the secondary measures that will be adopted by the government in the cleanup exercise, the affected communities must be weeded properly to keep away reptiles and other dangerous elements.
Also speaking, the Acting State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mr Oliver Woriugbom, commended the ministry for taking the sanitation exercise to the flood ravaged communities and urged the people to support the government by keeping their environment clean.
Also speaking the chairman of Ogba Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Hon. Raymond Nwokocha said that the council would embark on a special santiation exercise on Monday in Omoku, while fumigation of the affected area would be carried out by the council.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Commissioner for Environment has directed owners of all abandoned vehicles and wreckages in Port Harcourt and its environs and the State water ways to remove them or face prosecution.
The commissioner, Dr. Nyema Weli who said that in a statement in Port Harcourt, said that the wreckages had constituted a nuisance to the environment and endanger the free use of roads and water ways by the people of the state.