Residents of Asaba have expressed displeasure with the non-evacuation of refuse on the median strips on some major roads in the capital city of Delta State.
The residents claimed that the activity has led to the re-appearance of bags of refuse in Asaba in Nigeria’s South-south region.
They said that in the recent times, the indiscriminate dumping of refuse around the nukes and crannies of the capital city had been on the increase, as some people were even spotted in the act.
Residents fear their health is in danger, as the stench from the refuse is becoming unbearable.
In his reaction, the Chairman of Oshimili South Local Government Council, Mr Chucks Obusom, explained the causes of the ugly trend and frowned at the perpetrators of the act.
He said that the government was aware of such ugly act and assured the residents that they would effect and enforce laws that would control and prevent people from dumping refuse on the streets and main roads.
In his contribution, a Gynaecology consultant at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba, Dr. Babatunde Oyefara, highlighted the dangers of the act.
He said the hazards could not be overemphasised, as he stated that some of the effects on the health of an average person residing in the capital city and its environs.
This is happening at a period that some states in Nigeria are converting waste to wealth to keep the city clean and increase Internally Generated Revenue.
Lagos State had few years ago established an agency, Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), in charge of refuse removal and onward conversion of such wastes to other materials through recycling processes.