(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – The Rivers State House of Assembly are working on a bill that makes it an offence for any one to dump waste at unauthorized places and at unapproved time. The executive bill prescribes six months imprisonment without option of fine. However some lawmakers are in favour of an option of fine, if only to serve as a source of fund to the Rivers State Government.
This bill, according to the majority leader of the House, Hon. Martins Amawhule, has become necessary because of the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the median and other unathorized places thereby turning Port Harcourt into garbage city. There is also a provision for sanitation marshals, who will regularly scan the environment and arrest offenders, to face the law.
Good as these intentions are, it would also be profitable if the state government can make it a law for every citizen to clean the gutter in front of his or her compound. This policy will make the citizens to rise up to their responsibilities of not only keeping their environment clean but also not allowing others to dump wastes in unauthorized places, and inside the gutter in their neighbourhood.