On Thursday, September 19,2019, the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the residents in the state capital which include individuals, companies and agencies to clean up their environment or be punished according to the law.
This ultimatum was issued on Thursday after Hon. Onyemaechi Mrakpor, the Director-General, read portions of the Delta State Environmental Sanitation Law 2006, at a Stakeholders’ meeting between the agency, business owners and landlords in Asaba metropolis.
According to Mrakpor, “after this stakeholders’ meeting, we will be giving 21-days counting from today (yesterday) to tidy up our premises.”
The Director General added that upon expiration of the 21 days, every defaulter would be tried by the mobile courts and made to pay stipulated fines within the next seven days.
Quoting the offences and corresponding sanctions as contained in the law, Mrakpor said that a fine of N10, 000 and N50, 000 for individual and corporate entities ,respectively, would apply in cases of indiscriminate dumping of refuse, erection of unapproved structures capable of causing obstruction or nuisance on highways.
“The landlord or occupier of a tenement shall, at all times, keep their tenements and its surroundings together with the adjourning and connection drains, gutters or channels free of weeds, grasses, filth, refuse or any other waste matter. Failure to do so shall attract a fine of N10, 000 for individuals and N50, 000 for corporate bodies.”
Mrakpor regretted the unhygienic conditions of markets, and abattoirs within the state capital, even as she decried the alleged nonchalant attitude of some government offices to tidy up their premises.
She proposed alternative means to make street trading better appreciated, rather than be a nuisance to the environment, adding that fruit stores would be remodelled and equipped with public sanitary facilities in strategic locations of the capital territory.
In the same vein, she reiterated her commitment to actualize the visions of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for a Stronger Delta State capital, and hinted on engaging services of companies selected through an advertised and transparent process to better manage waste disposal.
At the interactive session, stakeholders drawn from the government, organized private sector and corporate organizations commended the DG for the initiative and made suggestions on how to sustain the legacy and restore the glory of the state capital.
The DG also added that the agency would synergize with the media, traditional and religious leaders to sensitize their publics on the consequences of running against the environment laws.