During the Prosecution, the accused persons pleaded guilty of trading at unauthorised locations and littering of environment, which are environmental offences under section 4(M) and Punishable under Section 38 of Akwa Ibom State public Health Law cap. 103 Vol. 5 of 2000.
On the pronouncement of the charges by the Court Clerk, the presiding Magistrate sentenced all those who pleaded guilty to 3months imprisonment with an option of fine, while the case those who pleaded not guilty were adjourned till May 27, 2019. These are strong indications that the Akwa Ibom State Government is determined to make the environment clean and safe for her indigenes and residents.
Recall that on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 during a coordinated operation of the Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency’s Task force within Uyo, more than 10victims were apprehended and prosecuted for indiscriminately dumping of refuse within the State Capital Territory.
Last month, the Waste management Boss – Hon Prince Ikim had repeatedly warned all citizens and indigenes of the State against indiscriminate dumping of refuse. In addition, 7days Ultimatum which ended on April 9, was also issued to road side Traders within Ibom Plaza to relocate to the lock up stalls and market shades inside Ibom plaza market for free flow of vehicles on the roads, all these fail on deaf ears.
“The environmental law stipulates that refuse can only be disposed at designated areas and whoever dumps refuse or waste anywhere apart from the designated areas must be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, the Agency has commenced the replacement of damaged receptacles within Uyo metropolis with new dumpsters that will accommodate much wastes, than the former.
For all environmental issues and evacuation of accumulated waste, always remember to call the Agency’s emergency line on +234 701 446 6111.
Keep Akwa Ibom State Clean and beautiful