Akwa Ibom State Government in collaboration with the Nigerian Environmental Society (NSE) is ready to organise workshops and sensitisation programmes on environmental health laws in the State.
The Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Sir Charles made this known on Tuesday, October 27, during an interview session on air.
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Sir Charles Charles Udoh who observed that government was aware of the abuse of environmental laws by members of the public stated that the sensitisation was to educate restaurant/eatery owners and others about environmental health laws and ensure they were adhered to.
The Environmental Helmsman further stated that the State Government was aware of the flood and erosion prone areas, while assuring that modalities have been put in place to checkmate such problems.
Sir Udoh informed that flood and erosion control was not just a State Government affair but a global affair.
“It is not just a State Government affair but a global affair. Sometimes we run to the Federal Government, other times we run to the World Bank and other Donor Agencies because no State can tackle it on its own”.
He also revealed that aside the erosion and flood site in Etim Umana, Anua and IBB avenue they were seven other sites approved by Governor Udom Emmanuel for remedial work.
” … We can be everywhere at the same time. We depend on people to alert us on erosion sites especially the ones that are life threatening”.
Sir Udoh further appealed to citizens of the state not to compromise the drainage systems put in place to help curtail erosion and flood in the state. “Citizens should desist from erecting structures on drainage as they are compromising the integrity of the drainage and this may lead to something disastrous”, he said.
The MEPR Boss also made it known that illegal revenue collection will soon be stopped as procedures have been put in place with the good working relationship with the Waste Management Protection Agency and the Board of Internal revenue to ensure that illegal Levy is stopped.
Credit: Ekemini Akpan