Yenagoa -Bayelsa State Government has declared a state of emergency on waste disposal in Yengoa, the state capital and its environs. It has also unveiled a new environmental sanitation policy.
The state Environmental Sanitation Authority has also been upgraded to an autonomous body by the government, which announced the cancellation of contracts for removal of wastes in the state capital.
Most street corners in the capital city have been turned into refuse dump by residents, causing offensive stench in the neighbourhoods.
Chairman of the state Sanitation Authority, Chief Ebifemowei Abel, who spoke in Yenagoa, said the dirty status of the state capital will soon change, adding, “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 vowed to sustain a system that will ensure that the state capital attains the status of one of the cleanest cities in the country.”
He said the new sanitation policy include the introduction of a new parking lots for motorists in the state capital; a new bagging system for refuse; a specific time of between 6pm-7pm for the disposal of refuse at public bin and setting up of a Task Force to arrest individuals littering the road with sachet and other waste.