By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor
The Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD), an Aba-based non governmental organisation has described the commercial nerve city of Abia as one of the dirtiest cities in the country.
A statement by its Executive Director, Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor made available to Newsdiaryonline decried the level of refuse dumps littered in the major streets of Aba.
FENRAD named the streets as Ngwa road, Asa road, Ogbor hill, and Port-Harcourt road as well as other streets like Jubilee and Hospital roads, where it stated refuse had blocked the drainage system, thereby creating serious health and environment hazards.
“In most of the waste disposal point visited, there was no refuse disposal equipment where refuse can be dumped. Refuse are dumped along the roads, thereby creating health hazard and blocking free flow of traffic. Traders are found displaying their wares at heavy refuse dumps thereby creating a serious environmental and health hazard,” the statement read.
FENRAD wondered why the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) would use the major street of Aba as refuse collection points, which create traffic gridlock in this area.
It also decried double taxation collected by ASEPA from the citizens, adding “the agency has failed woefully in its responsibility because the refuse remain at the dumps for many months before it is evacuated.”
FENRAD threatened legal against against ASEPA if the refuse dumps were not cleared within one week.