Let’s Keep PH Clean
If we have to tell ourselves the truth, we are directly or indirectly responsible for the mess being littered in some streets within the metropolis and its environs.
When you go round the city, you will still see dirt litered all over even after the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has banned the dumping of refuse and unnecessary heaps refuse still found on the carriage ways of the major roads.
Although with the way people are complaining, changes are taking place except a few places where some persons have not realised the importance of dwelling in a clean environment.
It may interest you to know that Eliozu and Oil Mill/Eleme Junction axis of the road is being taken care of. Road sweepers have been doing what they know best. I must also commend RIWAMA for realising that while other roads and streets in Port Harcourt are clean, that portion is also given attention.
There are areas that still need attention as some residents refused to abide by the rules provided by RIWAMA. Those rules are for the good of all and sundry.
Indiscriminate dumping of refuse can cause a lot of ailments. Sicknesses such as cholera, dysentery, malaria as a result of mosquito bites, name them, can be contracted when the environment is dirty.
We are not unaware that RIWAMA has severally notified residents of Port Harcourt and its environs about the time of disposal of waste. But some persons refuse to obey for reasons best know to them. It is a matter of bagging the wastes and dropping them at designated dump sites where trucks pick them. It is worrisome to see people abandon bags of refuse on the streets where they think nobody sees them. More disturbing is the fact that the ones who use containers usually go and pour out the contents on the roads and even in the drainages while it is raining.
Excuses given by some residents are no longer cogent for dirt to be littered in the roads and it does not make sense while we tell ourselves the truth that residents are directly not indirectly responsible for the mess in most parts of the city.
Another challenge is the issue of scavengers who go to the dump sites in search of scrap metals. There are areas where people have maintained the rules and regulations stipulated by the agency in charge of wastes, but the scavengers do not help matters. Their business is to go about using sticks to open refuse bags and at the end of the day, the whole place is messed up.
It is also high time their activities were checked and a law put in place by relevant authorities so as to stop such menace. Scavengers should stop scattering refuse dumps in search of scrap metals because I am not sure that it contributes to the revenue of Rivers State.
It sounds strange to hear some persons saying that they do not know where to dump refuse and that the dump sites are far from their houses. Not just that, they often feign ignorance of the approved time.
For over a decade, RIWAMA’s stipulated time for refuse disposal has been between 6:00pm and 12:00 midnight, when the trucks pack at designated places to pick them. In fact there are many of them on major roads in the city.
Those who reside within the most populated areas like Mile 1, Mile 2, Mile 3 in Diobu, especially the market areas should be reminded from time to time through the media and in the streets using mega phones by RIWAMA officials as a form of sensitisation. More awareness will be created by telling them the dangers of dumping refuse indiscriminately within the environment.
The idea and excuse that people cannot walk far distance to dispose should be condemned and anyone found dumping refuse in unauthorised places and time should be arrested by law enforcement agents. Offenders should be mandated to pay a token. I think that will serve as deterrent to others.
It calls for attention that as people are aware of the rules and regulations, they still disobey by giving excuses that they never met the trucks. The dangers arising from dirty environment cannot be imagined.
The cleaner the environment we find ourselves, the healthier we are. Apart from the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of diseases can be contracted. Flies can transfer germs from such places to perch on food and fruits sold by the roadside. The environment can be contaminated through the air. There are plastic disposal containers and baskets hung at some designated places within reserved areas, yet some persons take laws into their hands and throw dirt from moving vehicles.
I remember sometime ago, when RIWAMA used to keep a staff at receptacles to apprehend any erring resident who flouts the directive of 6:00pm to 12:00 midnight. There are areas in Port Harcourt where they normally ring bell as a reminder for people to send their dirt to the waiting trucks. This was operational in Woji and Rumuibekwe areas. On Rumuola Road, I have seen where a truck packed between 6:00pm and 7:00 pm while residents disposed off their dirt.
The issue of unknown persons defecating on the streets and major roads is posing a problem. A full-grown adult will stoop down to defecate when he or she thinks that nobody is coming that way. At the end of the day, someone will mistakenly step on the waste.
Humans should avoid situations where taskforce must be used to go after them before doing what is right. There should be public conveniences in some designated points so that people can help themselves as they are engaged in their daily activities.
I have seen where residents engage some persons on contract on weekly basis to pick refuse from house to house and they are paid. Those who do not meet the time and trucks should engage such services in the streets and estates.
Government and relevant agencies should enforce the law to ensure that offenders are punished. When that is done, indiscriminate dumping of refuse will definitely be minimised.
By: Eunice Choko-Kayode
Wike Lauds LG Chairman’s Development Strides
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has lauded the development strides of the Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Dr. Chidi Lloyd.
Wike, who expressed happiness over the infrastructural achievements of the LG boss in two years as Chairman, said his happiness is borne from the fact that Dr Lloyd has not disappointed his people who elected him to oversee their affairs.
Wike made the commendation in Rundele, at the commissioning of the newly constructed Uke-Eli Road, which was conceived, executed and completed by EMOLGA boss.
The Governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, described Dr. Lloyd as a courageous administrator who is determined, committed and focused towards the development of his people.
“The Chairman of our party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it all that you’ve redefined Local Government administration, and you have also attributed your performance to the support you enjoy from the leadership of our party in the LGA. So, me, I want to thank you for not disappointing us.
“Above all, I want to say that it takes a man of courage and determination; it takes a man who is focused to embark on these gigantic projects and complete them as a local government council. It is not just about the availability of funds, one must have the courage and vision to embark on these kind of projects.
“So, we thank you, and we thank the people of Emohua Local Government Area for giving you their mandate, and we thank God today that you have not disappointed them”, he stated.
Wike also thanked the people of Rundele for standing by his administration from its inception in 2015, while encouraging stakeholders in the area to continue to promote peace and unity amongst the communities to attract government presence to the area.
He noted the requests made by the community in their address and promised to communicate same to the incoming administration in the state in the handover note to the next Governor.
The Governor also commended the council Chairman’s commitment to the war against resurgence of crime and criminality in parts of Emohua LGA, assuring that the State Government was solidly behind the council chairman’s effort to eradicate armed robbery and cultism in the LGA.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Amb. Desmond Akawor, said the Chairman of Emohua LGA has redefined local government administration with a sterling performance, especially in infrastructure development.
Represented by the State Secretary of PDP, Dr Benibo George, Akawor noted the importance of infrastructure development to the urbanization of Emohua LGA.
The state Party Chairman further noted expression of joy and happiness amongst the people of the area, which, he said, indicates that the people appreciates the council chairman’s performance, stressing that every good work attracts reward from the people.
“As we came here, we sew the expression of happiness on the faces of the people, which indicates that Dr. Lloyed is actually performing very well and we seriously appreciate that.
“Recall that we were here last year on behalf of the Governor to also commission a road project executed by Dr. Chidi Lloyd’s administration. Today, we’re here again experiencing another road commissioning by the same administration. This is a clear manifestation that local government can actually embark on road projects.
“We are very much impressed that the narrative has been changed by Chidi Lloyd, that jinx has been broken and this is very remarkable and commendable.
“To my brother, Chidi Lloyd, I want to say that one way of asking for more is to do more; if you do more, more will be given to you and we encourage you to do more”, Akawor stated.
In his address, Dr. Lloyd attributed the achievements of his administration within two years to the support from stakeholders and councillors of the LGA.
He particularly thanked the leadership of the PDP in Emohua LGA for their continued cooperation and support to his administration and promised never to let them down.
Lloyd enjoined the people of Rundele, the direct beneficiaries of the newly constructed Uke-Eli Road, to ensure that the road is protected from illegal petroleum refining and oil bunkering activities which he described as a treat to the newly asphalted road.
The council Chairman commended residents and property owners along the Uke-Eli Road for their cooperation and support during construction of the road, especially those who willingly removed their properties in the right of way to ensure a successful implementation of the project.
He also expressed gratitude to the management and principal officers of Emohua local government council, particularly the Head of Local Government administration (HLGA), the Head of Personnel Management (HPM), and the Council Treasurer (TR), for their support to his administration, especially in policy implementation.
Also speaking, the Paramount Ruler of Rundele clan, HRH Eze Damian Ejiowhor, who led the Rundele Council of Chiefs and Elders to honour the Governor of Rivers State and the Chairman of Emohua LGA with chieftaincy recognitions, said the people of the area are grateful to Governor Wike for the appointment of indigenes of Rundele as commissioner and Permanent Secretaries in his administration.
He said the people will forever remain grateful to Dr. Chidi Lloyd for the construction of Uke-Eli Road, which he described as an alternative route into and out of Rundele communities.
Providing the project description, the Local Government Supervisor of Works, Hon Solomon Ikpo, said the Uke-Eli Road was formally impassible due to the water settlement in the area.
He explained that the road was conceptualized at 1.5 kilometer long with 1.5 kilometer drainage on each side of the road, amounting to a total of 3 kilometer drainage on both sides of the road, with 6cm asphalt pavement compressed to 5cm to withstand the swampy nature of the area.
Earlier, the councillor representing ward 7 (Rundele) in Emohua local government legislative assembly, Hon Emenike Wokama in his welcome address expressed gratitude to Dr. Chidi Lloyd for giving the people of the area a brand new road which he said is exceptional in local government administration.
The chairmen of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leadership caucus in Emohua, Eze Paul Wonodi and Elder Lawrence Amadioha, and the paramount ruler of Akpabu and Itu, HRH Eze G.C Ordu were among dignitaries who attended the historic event in solidarity with the administration.
Other dignitaries in attendance included: Chief Sampson Agbaru (Former SSG and Head of Service Rivers State); Honourable Commissioner, Rivers State Ministry of Environment, Hon Barr. Emenike Eke; Member representing Emohua Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon Sam Ogeh; Former commissioners, Hon Charles Beke, Elder Chinedu Tasie Nwobueze and Hon Arthur Uchendu.
The ceremony also featured the donation of solar street lights by Mr Kelvin Okoro, a former special assistant to Dr. Chidi Lloyd, as part of his personal contribution to the road project in his community.
By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso
‘Saint Cyprian’s Church, Pace-Setter In Programme Execution’
The Saint Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, has been described as a pace setter in executing Bible Society of Nigeria’s programmes and activities.
Chairman, Bible Society of Nigeria, Rivers/Bayelsa Area, Elder Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, made this assertion, Sunday, during the celebration of the Bible Sunday in the Church in Port Harcourt.
According to him, “if 20 per cent of churches in Rivers and Bayelsa States take a cue from St Cyprian’s Church, the society will not find it difficult to carry out its programmes and activities”.
Ayo-Tamuno disclosed that St Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, was the only church in the area that had a functional grassroot structure, which has the capacity to compete favourably with some auxiliaries within the area.
The Chairman also stated that the Church had always observed the Annual Bible Week in May with a week-long activities.
He lauded the past and present leadership, as well as the congregation of the Church for their constant support, saying “to the best of my knowledge, in Nigeria, it is the only Church that has a Chaplain for the Society”.
He appealed to other churches in Rivers and Bayelsa States to follow the example of St Cyprian’s Church and support the Society to achieve its aims and objectives.
The Chairman also called on the Church to source for its Bible, especially the Revised Standard Version for their schools from the area to meet national target.
He also passionately appealed to school owners to purchase their Bibles from the Area Book store.
The service, attended by the Wife of a former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dame Christy Toby, featured presentation of special member certificates.
Those presented with the certificates include the Curate of the Church, the Reverend Canon Sunday T. Akuroseokika and wife; the Pastor’s Warden, Mr John Tamuno and wife; and the Chairman of the Society, Port Harcourt Auxiliary, Sir Emmanuel Ojelabi and wife.
The Reverend Canon Sunday Akuroseokike, who spoke on behalf of others, thanked the Society for the presentation and pledged to support the society.
LG Boss Unveils Plan To Reconstruct Bori Motor Park
In a bid to revitalize local commerce and stimulate economic growth, Chairman of Khana Local Government Area (LGA), Dr. Thomas Bariere, has unveiled plans to reconstruct the Bori Motorpark.
Bari-ere said the initiative holds great potential for fostering economic development within the LGA, positively impacting businesses, employment opportunities, and the overall prosperity of the community.
The Council boss made this known, Monday, when he addressed members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and business owners at the Bori Motor Park.
“Bori Motor Park, situated at the heart of Khana LGA, serves as a bustling hub for transportation, trade, and economic activity.
“Its strategic location connects rural communities, neighboring towns, and cities, making it a vital economic lifeline for the region.
“This Motor Park serves as a major transit point for various goods and services, facilitating trade, and driving the local economy”, he said.
Dr. Bariere’s reconstruction plan for the Motor Park focuses on upgrading and expanding the existing infrastructure and facilities.
This, he said, includes “improving the layout and design of the Motor Park, constructing modern terminals, providing proper parking spaces, establishing designated loading and offloading areas, and enhancing security measures.
“By creating a more efficient and organized transportation hub, the plan aims to attract more businesses and customers to the area.
“It is expected to generate a significant number of employment opportunities. As the Motor Park develops, there will be a growing demand for personnel to oversee operations, manage logistics, provide maintenance services, and operate ancillary businesses such as food vendors and shops.
This will help to alleviate unemployment rates and improve livelihoods within the local community.
“It will not only act as a pivotal center for trade, but will facilitate the movement of goods and services between different regions.
“With the reconstruction plan, the park will attract increased commercial activities, leading to a surge in business transactions and revenue generation”.
He continued that “local entrepreneurs, traders, and small business owners will benefit from the improved infrastructure, attracting more customers and expanding their market reach.
“One way of measuring the success or failure of government in modern societies is to access how successful such governments are in developing the conditions for satisfying the basic needs of the people they govern.
“These needs include basic infrastructure, social services, public services and, most importantly, helping to create an efficient and productive economy.
“This implies that the importance of any government or governmental agency in socio-economic development of the society is determined by the ability of such government to effectively mobilize resources and use same to provide the basic needs of the people.
“The revitalization of Bori Motor Park will not only benefit the immediate stakeholders, but also contribute to the overall development of the Khana LGA community.
“As economic activities increase, the local government will have more resources at its disposal to invest in infrastructure, education, healthcare, and social welfare programs.
“This will improve the standard of living for residents and enhance the overall quality of life within the LGA”.
By: Theresa Fredrick & Charity Amiso
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