By: Otuata Dafe

No fewer than ten (10) persons were apprehended by men of the special Task Force on Sanitation in Asaba, the State Capital for dumping refuses at different locations in the State Capital.

In a sting operation carried out by the Delta Brigade’, the enforcement arm of the Task Force, the chairman of the Task Force, Comrade OLori Magege stated that,” those apprehended will face the full weight of the law to serve as a deterrent to other would be defaulters”.

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In a press release, the Ex-executive chairman of the Delta State Special Task Force on Sanitation, Comrade Olori Magege who spoke through the Director of Operations, Mr. Cletus Bebefagha, warned that the State’s Laws on environmental sanitation would be vigorously enforced as there would be no sacred cows as far as implementation of the law is concerned.

While urging the residents of the state to register with the approved waste collection firms who would provide them with cellophane bags to bag their refuse for disposal, he said that those arrested were detained at the state headquarters of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, Asaba awaiting Prosecutions.

Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of the Delta State Special Task Force on Sanitation, Comrade Olori Magege last week convened a meeting of the Stakeholders in the waste Management Sub sector to brainstorm on the way forward for an efficient and effective waste management regime in Delta State.

The Chairman who addressed the gathering of Heads of Personnel Management of the 25 Local Government Areas in the state, including representatives of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) and its waste management contractors, enjoined all stakeholders to join hands with the Sanitation Task Force to entrench a sustainable waste management system in the state.

Comrade Megege lamented what he described as “the failure of institutions set up to manage waste, hence the
setting up of the Special Task Force to remedy the situation.

Meanwhile, the Head of Personnel Management took their turns to list challenges to waste management in their council areas to include lack of adequate heavy duty vehicles and equipment, lack of enforcement by relevant authority, absence of public awareness and education inadequate funding and lack of standard refuse dumpsites.

Speaking, Dr. Anthony Tebekaemi, Director of Social Services, DESOPADEC, promised the continued assistance of
DESOPADEC in ensuring the cleanliness of its operational areas.

The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting underscored the need to hold regular consultations amongst
stakeholders to avoid duplication of functions, and the stakeholder resolved to identify with the Task Force as the rallying point for Waste Management in Delta State.

The Chairman informed the gathering of the intention of the Task Force to establish what he called “The
Delta Brigade”, the enforcement arm of the Task Force, in all the Local
Government Areas of the State.