Delta State Waste Management Board, DSWMB, yesterday commenced the clearing of refuse from Asaba to Agbor, on the Onitsha – Benin Highway, from Asaba to Ughelli on the Asaba–Ughelli Highway and to Warri on the East-West Road, as part of efforts to keep the state clean.
Flagging off the exercise in Asaba, the Chairman of the board, Hon Emmanuel Chinye, said it was part of the board’s mandate to rid the highways of refuse indiscriminately disposed by road users in order not to create a perception of dirtiness for the state.
Chinye noted that it was a common habit of passengers and other road users to drop off trash from moving vehicles onto the road, which he said often accumulated into heaps of refuse or littered along the way over time, describing the habit as bad.
He said that the exercise in the Agbor axis would end at the Alifekede boundary with Edo State, pointing out that enough labourers and equipment had been mobilized for the clean up.
The DSWMB Chairman stated that efforts would be intensified at sensitizing the people and enforcing the relevant environmental laws, to change the attitude of people towards the environment, insisting that people must take ownership of their environment and keep it clean at all times.
Chinye said a reasonable level of success had been achieved in Asaba and its environs with respect to checking indiscriminate dumping of refuse, revealing that the Private Sector Participants (PSP) initiative had helped significantly, with the Delta State TaskForce on Environment giving the needed support.
He also noted that the board’s partnership with the Asaba Community Youth Council had helped in reducing the dumping of waste in unauthorised places at night.
Chinye spoke on plans to zone PSP on refuse collection and disposal to areas yet to be covered by the home collection arrangement as part of efforts to continually keep the state clean.