Afam (Rivers) – The Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government in Rivers, Mr Felix Nwaeke, has banned beer parlours from operating beyond 10pm in the effort to ensure a crime-free area.
Nwaeke, who spoke at a stakeholders meeting in Afam, Rivers, on Saturday said that he was trying to terminate crime-prone avenues in the battle against crime.
He said that the security operatives would be on patrol to ensure strict adherence of the ban on drinking parlour operators.
“Anyone caught operating after 10pm would be arrested by the police because we cannot compromise security in this local government,’’ Nwaeke said.
He urged the public to report any suspicious character or activity to the law enforcement agents in the area, saying that security should be everybody’s concern.
Nwaeke, however, warned the residents against defacing the area with reckless dumping of refuse as any defaulter caught would face the wrath of the law.
He condemned the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, saying that the council’s position within the Port Harcourt city was enough to make the local government to ensure cleanliness.
The chairman said that there were designated place for refuse dumping but some citizen preferred dumping their refuse on the streets and the expressway.
He said the council’s efforts in keeping the expressway and Oyigbo Town clean were being frustrated due to uncontrolled refuse dumping occasioned by large commercial activities in the area.
“Henceforth, anyone caught dumping refuse in unauthorised places will face the wrath of the law.’’
Nwaeke, however, highlighted some of the projects embarked upon by his administration to include Multipurpose Hall among others.
In his contribution, the administrator, Rivers State Sanitation Authority, Mr Ade Adeogun, appealed to the entire residents of Port Harcourt city to ensure clean environment.
Adeogun said they should dump their refuse at the designated places for easy collection by refuse contractors.
He said that he would liaise with the Oyigbo Local Government to ensure that more refuse dumps were created in the area.
Meanwhile, an opinion leader in the area, Mr Sunny Nwankwo, has attributed the high crime rate in rural areas to the inability of some community leaders to sanction known criminals in their domain. (NAN)