By Tony Nyong
UYOâ€”Akwa Ibom Stateâ€™s Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Obong Eno Akpan, has threatened to cancel the contract for evacuation of refuse in the state.
His threats came against the backdrop of the heap of refuse which currently dots streets in the state capital, Uyo.
Akpan, who issued the threat during a meeting with the contractors and stakeholders in waste management in his office at the Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat, Uyo, warned the contractors to sit up or risk losing their contracts.
He said the state government was now determined to make the state one of the cleanest in the country and would, therefore, not compromise standards.
Akpan added that it was only such effort that government policy of making the state a tourist haven would be sustained.
Evacuation of refuse from refuse bins in the last one month had been ignored by the contractors, leaving those areas stinking with very unpleasant stench, with residents complaining about the eyesore that had become a regular feature of Uyo particularly.
Charging the contractors, the commissioner said waste disposal in the state would not be business as usual, urging them to justify the huge resources the state was paying to them.
Obong Akpan condemned a situation where refuse was allowed to accumulate in the receptacles without evacuation, stressing that poor waste management was an impediment to the administrationâ€™s vision.
Following the return of poor sanitary conditions in the state capital and other urban centres in the state, sanitation courts, the commissioner disclosed, would no longer show mercy on defaulters.