Akwa Ibom State government has asked residents to support its waste control effort by complying with regulations on proper disposal, warning it will go tough on reckless disposal in unauthorised places.
The caution followed the arrest and light punishment of some residents around Edet Akpan Avenue, Idoro road and Atiku Abubakar way, all in Uyo, who were yesterday caught disposing waste at the wrong time and at unauthorised place.
According to the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency, AKSEPWMA, Obong Prince Ikim, residents need to support government’s efforts in tackling the problem of keeping the environment
clean and green and also help reduce flooding and other environmental hazard within the state by ensuring that they do not dispose refuse in a manner likely to cause environmental pollution or harm human health.
Ikim, reteraited that the general public should note that disposal of waste begins from 6:00pm to 7:00 am, everyday. That disposing waste at the wrong time, does not only contribute to environmental pollution but it is against the law.
“It should be noted that keeping Akwa Ibom State clean is the responsibility of government and the citizens. Of course, the state government through the Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA) under my watch is working assiduously to ensure a clean and green Akwa Ibom State,” the AKSEPWMA boss hinted.
Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom was recently rated as the cleanest State in the country for the third conservative time, by the Clean- UP Nigeria (CUP), National Technical Study Group (NTSG). Ikim urges the citizens and residents of the State to also contribute their quota to assist the government.