The general public has been cautioned by the Cross River Government to stop dumping trash wherever because violators, regardless of their status, would be prosecuted.
In an announcement alongside new waste disposal standards released as part of initiatives to restore the city’s clean and green profile, governor Bassey Otu issued the warning.
The new regulations state that all garbage disposal by residents must be done daily between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
This, according to Otu, is done in order to make place for evacuators who are anticipated to have an impact on the eventual removal of such garbage from dumpsters to authorised disposal points.
If rigorously followed, the new controlled trash disposal procedure will enable effective and efficient monitoring of indiscriminate garbage disposal.
“It will also ensure a robust evacuation by relevant government agencies,” he said.
The governor, who frowned at the indiscriminate dumping of refuse especially into drainages, directed the state Waste Management Agency to live up to its responsibility of proper waste management in the metropolis.
He directed the Calabar Urban Development Authority, (CUDA) to effectively mobilize its staff in their day-to-day cleaning of streets and desilting of gutters where necessary to allow for easy and free flow of water in the drains.
“I urge you to cooperate with relevant government agencies in maintaining the aesthetics of the city, as well as imbibe waste disposal practices that will avert impending flood disasters as forecast by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NIMET)
“I also want to warn the public to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse as all defaulters, no matter how highly placed, will be prosecuted according to the environmental law of the state,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Calabar which used to be known as one of the cleanest city in Nigeria had in the last few years seen the rise of refuse heaps in many parts of the city.