By Stanley Nwanosike
Enugu, Aug. 18, 2020 The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has urged local government areas and communities to setup taskforce against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drains and waterways.
The South-East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Fred Anusim, made the call while speaking with newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday.
NAN recalls that the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) and Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had predicted torrential rains toward September, which might lead to flooding in communities, council areas in 28 states of the country.
Anusim said that the negative attitude of dumping of refuse in drains and waterways remained the major cause of flash flood in most urban cities in the country especially within the South-East.
He said that such taskforce must work with an environmental mobile court to apportion appropriate fines and punishments to offenders “as a deterrent to others”.
According to him, government at all levels will not continue to spend money on sensitisation on proper waste disposal at all fora and yet our people’s attitude remains negative to the environment.
“As it stands, it is only a vibrant environment taskforce or marshal unit that can check the negative attitude of our people in most urban council areas and communities in the country, especially in the South-East.
“There is also need to properly pack our refuse in bags and ensure they are properly disposed into a waste bin or receptacles within our homes and neighbourhoods.
“If we must stop flash floods in the country, especially in our major communities, cities and council areas our people’s attitude about our environment must change for a better and healthy one,’’ he said.
The coordinator said “disaster management is everybody’s business the Federal Government through NEMA cannot do it alone.’’
“This is why the people must come on board through the right attitude to the environment, especially as it entails proper way of refuse dump, evacuation and management,’’ he said.