Andy Essiet, Calabar
The Obong of Calabar Executive Forum, (OCEF) has decried the continued piling up of refuse on the streets of Calabar, the state capital.
In a statement in Calabar, signed by the Chairman of the OCEF ,Chief Gershom Henshaw and the secretary, Dr Maurice Ekpeyong,called on the relevant government agencies to as a matter of urgency embark on immediate evacuation of the refuse which have continued to pose a health danger to the public and likely to lead to an outbreak of epidemic in Calabar.
The OCEF, described the prolonged refuse evacuation crisis in Calabar as totally unacceptable,especially for a city known globally as one of the cleanest in the country and a preferred tourism destination.
The forum noted that the refuse heaps in some areas have blocked traffic flow as well as entrances of residents to their houses, with emanating stench polluting the environment, thereby exposing the public to untold hardship and sickness.
The OCEF called for regular,prompt and sufficient funding of the waste management agency and other relevant government agencies saddled with the responsibility of waste management in the state to reverse this ugly trend which has lingered for sometime now.
The forum advised the public to cooperate with the government to keep the environment clean always, especially as the Christmas season is fast approaching with the expected influx of visitors into the state,adding that environmental sanitation should be prioritized at all times for the wellbeing of the people.