By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”ASABA, the Delta State capital, has been taken over by heaps of refuse and uncleared gutters, a situation which is fast deteriorating to epidemic proportion.
Investigation conducted by Vanguard showed that following recent rainfall, repulsive odour emanates from the heaps of refuse dotting parts of the city.
Beside Delta Line office on Nnebisi road, passersby have to cover their nostrils as the mess resulting from uncleared refuse becomes more offensive by the day.
Other areas include Cable Point axis and other streets where uncleared gutters constitute a major health hazard.
Some residents who bared their minds, expressed disappointment over the development.
While some blamed it on the bad habits of residents, others heaped the blamed on sanitation officials.
During the last sanitation exercise, several people were arrested and tried by the mobile court for failing to observe the exercise.
Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, had, while inspecting major streets in Asaba last July, ordered the immediate demolition of all illegal structures blocking drains in Asaba as a temporary measure to solving the flood problem in the town.
He condemned the attitude of some individuals who built structures blocking drainages and directed that all fences not approved by the state Ministry of Lands and Survey be pulled down.
â€œThese illegal structures are blocking the drainage system; they have to be removed and the drainage channeled to a major source for easy flow of water to avoid flooding in the town.
â€œI want us to get to the stage where Asaba will be the cleanest town in the country. It is possible; we can do it.
â€œAll we need is for the government to play its part and that is what we are doing. The people have to do their own for a better state,â€ he stated.