By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba RESIDENTS in Asaba, Delta State capital are gripped with fear over possible outbreak of epidemic as refuse have taken over the streets. Investigation by our reporter showed that virtually all parts of the city especially Cable Point area, Ibusa road axis are eyesores to behold.
The appalling aspect of the whole scenario is that some residents have turned the pavements and walkways as places to dump their refuse instead of using dustbins in the homes that are periodically evacuated by private refuse disposal agents on payment of a stipulated fee. The matter is made worse due to stench emanating from the heaps of such refuse dumped right on the walkways, which at times spill over to the tarred road, thereby obstructing traffic. A resident in the area who gave her name as Lady Jane told our reporter yesterday that “my customers have all run away. How do you expect people to come and eat in your restaurant when they cover their nose to come in. the smell is killing us here, please help us”, she said.
At Cable Point axis, the story is the same. With the rainy season, refuse gathered from the market there is another eyesore. The gutters are filled with heaps of refuse. Efforts to speak with the State Commissioner for Environment, Chief Frank Omare proved abortive as both phone calls and text messages sent to him were unanswered as at the time of this report.