The Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Board , Prince Ikim has posited that the sector has zero tolerance for any Resource Person found wanting in the discharge of his duty of waste evacuation in the State no matter how highly connected the resource person is.
Prince Ikim stated this yesterday when he went on an unscheduled tour of waste dump points and dumpsites in the State.
He decried the uncommitted attitude of some resource persons handling waste evacuation in the State.
Prince maintained that he will not play politics with waste evacuation, reasoning that the health of the citizens are paramount.
Consequently, the Chairman has suspended the contract of Solid Gold Concepts Ltd. a company handling waste evacuation on Zone 3 which is Nyong Essien circus, Noah Udo, Oron Road by Mbiabong primary school, Oron Road by Mbiabong Market, Shelter Afrique extension 3 sides, right hand side of airport road up to Ifa Atai including all illegal dumping points and adjourning streets with immediate effect and have directed Mouth Broader Ltd company handling zone 5 to take over zone 3.
In the same vain the Chairman have directed the staff of the Board to take over zone 5 which comprises right hand side of Abak road, Udi street, Udobio street, Iboko, Akpan Essien, Nkemba lane, Peter Ubo, Atiku Abubakar, Ikot Ebido, primary school Akpa Ube, left hand side of Ikot Ekpene Road from Ibom connection and all adjoining streets.
Furthermore, the Chairman hinted that task force on illegal waste dumping, waste littering, street trading etc have been set up and anyone caught violating the Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and waste management Agency Law 2000 shall be made to face the full weight of the law.
Recently, resource persons in charge of evacuating waste along Edet Akpan Avenue (Four Lanes) have been exuding nonchalant attitudes in the discharge of their duties, especially the waste point by High Tension Line, premier Medical Services road.
The road recently became impassable as wastes spilled over to the adjoining streets, emiting unhealthing odour to the environs.