- Refuse: Incompetent Waste Contractors In Anambra Face Sack … Commissioner
Geneva Hotel Junction
The Anambra government has threatened to terminate contracts of waste management companies who were engaged to collect and dispose of refuse across the state.
Mr Felix Odumegwu, Commissioner for Environment said this in Awka on Tuesday while reacting to the complaints of poor waste collection in the capital town and other areas.
Odumegwu said 31 companies had been contracted by the State Government to manage waste collection and disposal with effect from July 1.
Meloch Road Ifite
He said the contractors who had a three months probation period and had been assigned to manage each of the 30 State Constituencies with an additional one for Idemili North.
He said the emergency on waste evacuation was declared by the governor. was still in force and that the ministry was monitoring activities of contractors close to ensure they met the demands of the job.
According to him, we shall not take under performance from anybody, goodly enough the contract has three months of probation
“We are looking at the performances of the contractors handling Awka South, Onitsha South, Idemili North, Ogbaru, we are working to get them to improve on the job they have applied and been employed to do.
“With effect from July 1, the contractors moved to site and evacuation has begun, so steadily and progressively, the heaps of garbage have started disappearing.
“The governor’s intention is to ensure that every part of the state is clean,” he said.
Odumegwu admitted that the situation was not yet perfect and urged residents of Anambra to exercise patients noting that the journey to a clean and smart city was a continuous one.
Meanwhile some residents of Awka have expressed worry over the slow pace of waste evacuation which was putting them in fear of possible epidemic and talk over large portions of some roads in the town.
Mr George Nnebedum said the increase in population was putting pressure on waste generation and urged the state government to revisit the model used by the previous administration for waste management.
He said “Awka is dirty, no much change has been seen, some of the roads are being blocked by heaps of garbage, I pray an epidemic doesn’t break out.
“We need more action, the collections should be daily, scavengers are not helping the matter, they always come around to scatter the dustbins, so there should be strong monitoring,” he said.
Some of the roads which refuse was causing obstruction include Meloch Road off First Market, Second Market on Ifite Road, Tipper Garageneva Hotel Junction, Y-junction all in Okpuno among others.