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Alagoa Morris calls for proper waste disposal, lauds sanitation authority

Yenagoa—Technical Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Environment 1, Comrade Alagoa Morris has applauded the Bayelsa State Sanitation Authority for diligently discharging its duties.

The foremost environmental and human rights activist gave the commendation during a familiarization visit to the management and board of the authority on Tuesday.

While hailing steps taken by the authority to keep the state clean, he drew their attention to the indiscriminate dumping of sewage and other wastes in the state precisely around Opolo and Gbarain areas.

According to him, the act if not nipped in the bud urgently will aggravate the already deteriorating health of Bayelsa residents.

“The indiscriminate dumping of sewage waste along that road is not about an individual going to ease his or herself there but the reckless dumping of tons of sewage and other wastes every day.

“And this act if not checked will lead to disastrous consequences health-wise. Because already our people are having health challenges because of such pollution.

“The establishment of a sewage treatment plant or proper waste disposal will go a long way to address this menace,” he said.

Morris who is also the Programme Manager/Head of Niger Delta Resource Centre at Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA), also drew the attention of the authority to the dumping of waste into the Epie Creek.

He called for the prosecution of culpable individuals to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said “I learned you have an environmental tribunal. We want it to work because it is not to criticize the government every time. Citizens also have a civic duty toward the well-being of the society.

“The laws governing the authority should be activated. We need people to act responsibly.”

The activist frowned at the wanton burning of refuse, noise pollution and dumping of plastics inside drainages and water channels in the state, stating that the onus lies on the authority to take action against defaulters.

Responding, the Director of Administration and Human Resources Manager, Mr Ebi Appah, thanked Morris for the visit and promised to prioritize the issues raised.

While applauding the activist for his dedication and selfless service to humanity, he described the visit as an avenue for the management and board to tap from his wealth of experience in handling environmental issues.

Other members of the board who spoke highlighted steps taken by the authority to tackle issues it is encountering.

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