Owerri residents ask Uzodinma, waste agency to evacuate refuse

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Gibson Achonu, Owerri

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, the state waste management agency and other relevant authorities have been told to evacuate heaps of refuse along the MCC/Uratta Road in Owerri .

Residents insisted said odour from the refuse dumps posed health hazards to them.

A resident, Mr Joachim Nwufor, told PUNCH Metro on Wednesday that there were many heaps of refuse on the road.

Nwufor, a dry cleaner, said the refuse dumps had caused health hazards to his family and Owerri metropolis.

“The refuse dumps have been negatively affecting the flow of traffic and have also affected business activities along the major road,” he stated.

Another resident, Mr Kingsley Ndinkoha, expressed annoyance and stated that leaving refuse on the road near residential buildings was wicked and negligent on the part of the state government and the relevant authorities.

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Ndinkoha, a lawyer said, “Many residential buildings are around the refuse dumps on the road. Many of our children, owing to the repulsive odour, had fallen sick of infection, abdominal disorder, malaria and typhoid, among others.

“Personally, I have spent my hard earned money in various hospitals. My children cannot sleep without the generator on to drive away the odour and mosquitoes.”

He added that prior to this period, the area was never a refuse dump, but blamed it to the Imo State Waste Management Agency for the present situation.

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Juliana Njemanze, a resident of the Ebikoro end of the road, implored the governor and the waste management agency to evacuate the refuse so that the residents would not meet their untimely death.

She said refuse heaps were at Chukwuma Nwoha junction, Donkay bus stop, St Francis bus stop and Mile One bus stop, among others.

When contacted on the telephone, a source close to the Chairman of ISWMA, who craved anonymity, asked the residents to help the government by dumping their refuse at designated areas.

She told our correspondent that she was surprised at the quantity of refuse at different spots on the road, with the agency work there last week.

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“The residents started dumping refuses there. People should join hands with the governor and the ISWMA to sanitise their environment. We shall ensure that the refuse is evacuated within the shortest possible time, but people should help themselves, while the ISWMA does the needful,” the source stated.

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