Akwa Ibom State Government has ordered relevant authorities in the Environment sector to ensure the evacuation of refuse along Uyo village road within 48 hours.
The Secretary to State Government, Emmanuel Ekuwem gave the order on Tuesday during an inspection of the dump site with all relevant government officials in the state Environment sector.
While calling for immediate remedial work plan to salvage the road, the SSG ordered that an asphalt inroad should be created to enable trucks drive about 50 meters from the road into the ravine where the refuse will be dumped to stop the damage effect of roadside dumping of refuse.
He said, “I want the Commissioner for Works, Prof Eno James Ibanga and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Hensek Construction Integrated Services, Engr Uwem Okoko, to work out the engineering content of the remedial work plan for this road within 48 hours in collaboration with the Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency, Prince Akpan Ikim.”
Ekuwem acknowledged the amount of Waste at the dump site, saying it could be converted into needed energy and power for consumption.
He called on the Commissioner for Power, John James Etim to reactivate plans for the recycling of the waste into a veritable source of energy for the state.
Speaking, the Waste Management Chairman, Prince Ikim said, it was necessary for government to undertake the tour to appraise the menace of the dump site and seek both short and long-term measures towards ameliorating the menace.
He added that Uyo city generates over 18,000 tons of Waste daily which is dumped at the Uyo Village Road dump site, stating that, there was urgent need for a larger new sanitary dump site outside the state capital with a conveyor belt that will recycle the waste while also providing a more convenient and conducive environment with good accessible road for the dumping of refuse.
He expressed appreciation to the state government for deeming it necessary to undertake the tour of the Uyo Village Road refuse dump site with all relevant government officials and emphasized satisfaction with the remedial measures taken to evacuate the dump from the road.
Prince Ikim also disclosed that the State Environmental Protection Bill has already passed first and second hearing at the floor of the State House of Assembly and called on public spirited individuals to partner the Agency and indeed the State government in the task of waste management and waste recycling.