The Adamawa Government on Sunday expressed concern over the activities of fake waste collectors in the state, saying it will sanction anybody apprehended for such fraud.
Mrs Arziki Sawa, the state Commissioner for Environment, told newsmen in Yola that the government was fed up with the way and manner some unqualified persons paraded themselves as waste managers.
“Our attention has been drawn to the activities of some unqualified people parading themselves as waste managers.
“These quacks usually go round the state capital, Yola, and its environs, signing contract agreements with various organisations and institutions on waste collection.”
Sawa said that the perpetrators, after collecting of the waste and without proper handling, usually dumped it indiscriminately outside designated areas.
“We want to categorically tell them that government is fed up with such dangerous activities which (are) seriously harmful to people’s lives and the environment.”
Sawa complained that in spite of the effort by the ministry to sanitise the waste management operations and curtail the activity of quacks, some undesirable elements were sabotaging the effort.
According to the commissioner, from 2012 to date, government had registered 17 genuine waste management outfits and uncovered more than 100 fake operators.
She explained that the government had established three designated areas as refuse dump.
Sawa advised registered waste managers to form an association to enable the government fish out the quacks.