By Samuel Oyadongha,Yenagoa
Bayelsa State government last week, unveiled a new environmental sanitation policy with the empowerment of the State Environmental Sanitation Authority as an autonomous body and cancellation of contract removal of waste in the state capital.
The government which declared a state of emergency on the issue of waste in the state assured that the dirty status of the state capital would soon change.
The new sanitation policy include the introduction of a new parking rule for all motorists in the state capital, a new bagging system for refuse, a specific time of between 6-7pm for the disposal of refuse at public bin and the setting up of a task force to arrest individuals littering the road with sachet and other waste.
Speaking yesterday during a sensitization tour of the gathering of professionals, politicians and media practitioners under the aegis of ‘The Parliament’ in Yenagoa, the Chairman of the State Sanitation Authority, Chief Ebifemowei Abel said the new sanitation policy by the state government was conceived to improve the sanitary condition of the state.
He said though the new administration in the state met a poor sanitary condition with offensive odour spreading around the state capital, the new executive of the sanitation authority has declared a state of emergence on the sanitary situation in the state and have reached out to members of the public to support the new policy.
Abel, who was in company of the former governorship flag bearer of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the 2007 poll, Prince Ebitimi Amgbare, said “the state government has declared a state of emergency on the issue of waste in the state.
It is not going to be business as usual. We met a very dirty state capital and we have vowed to sustain a system that will ensure that the state capital attain the status of one of the cleanest in the country.”