Sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Brother Felix Obuah has warned contractors, property builders and developers in the state against dumping of what he described as building wastes in the drainage channels.
He observed that silting of building wastes in drainage channels, largely contributed to blocking the gutters and waterways, with the resultant effect of flooding in some parts of the capital city, Port Harcourt, during heavy downpour.
Obuah regretted that building wastes, which include wastes produced from construction, alteration, repair or demolitions of any structure, were in most cases deposited in nearby gutters and waterways.
Most worrisome, according to the sole administrator, was the fact that the wastes are carried by rain water and deposited on roads and streets in Port Harcourt and its environs after each downpour, thereby obstructing movement, and becoming an eye sour as well as causing health hazards to residents of the areas.
He therefore, called for attitudinal change on the part of builders and contractors, appealing that all building wastes generated are properly handled and disposed off at approved receptacles at the various areas of the city and environs.
In a related development, RIWAMA has ordered the termination of the contract of Sidafeco Ventured Limited with effect from August 1, for non performance.
The termination order was contained in a press release from the office of the sole administrator, in which he also appealed to service providers to take their job of cleaning Port Harcourt and its environs with utmost commitment and swiftness, warning that contracts of indolent contractors would be terminated without reference to them.

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