Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, has expressed worries over “imminent outbreak of epidemic in Calabar owing to what he described as resurgence of mounting wastes in parts of the city.
In a statement signed by the chairman of the Obong of Calabar Executive Forum (OCEF), Chief Gershom Henshaw, and the secretary, Dr. Maurice Ekpeyong, the Monarch expressed displeasure at the continued piling up of refuse on the streets of Calabar metropolis.
“The prolonged refuse evacuation crisis in Calabar is totally unacceptable, especially for a city known globally as one of the cleanest in the country and a preferred tourism destination.
“The mounting wastes pose health danger to the public and may lead to drastic reduction in tourists’ visit to the State,” he said.
The Obong, therefore, called on relevant Government Agencies to as a matter of urgency embark on immediate evacuation of the refuse.
“The refuse heaps in some areas have blocked traffic flow as well as entrances of residents 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 sometimes now,” he appealed.
He also called on the general public to cooperate with the Government towards keeping the environment clean always, especially as the Christmas season is fast approaching with the expected influx of visitors into the state.
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