Ughelli North Council evacuates waste at flood displaced persons’ camp
By Jon Egie
The waste generated by flood displaced persons who were quartered at the Oharisi Model Primary Schools’ premises in Ughelli, have been evacuated.
Supervisory Councilor for Environment in the Ughelli North LGC, Hon Bestman Itive who personally supervised the evacuation exercise said the evacuation exercise was carried out for four days, beginning Tuesday, January 7, through Friday, January 11, 2013 when all the debris were cleared.
He said the school environment was earlier fumigated a week before the schools resumed and following a memo from the Local Education Authority to the effect of the filthy environment occasioned by the waste generated by the flood displaced persons, “the chairman of the Ughelli North LGC, Hon Friday Akpoyibo directed me to personally supervise the evacuation of the waste.”
At the end of the exercise, he assured that the school environment was now safe for teaching and learning as antiseptic were introduced to the surrounding during the clearance.
He also assured that the schools’ toilet facilities will be made functional for the use of pupils and teachers.
Hon Itive however advised government not to quarter refugees in public schools’ premises in future considering the extent of damage done to the school facilities and infrastructure and the health hazards the pupils could be exposed to after the refugees depart.
He suggested that government should create a permanent or temporary refugee camp where the needs of such persons could be attended to.
Commenting on the evacuation exercise, Head teacher of Oharisi Primary School 1, Comrade Vincent Enayemo commended the effort of the LGC chairman and called for more effort to address the damaged furniture of the schools.