RESIDENTS of Delta State have been urged to shun the habit of indiscriminate waste disposal into drainages and natural water channels to ensure free flow of water and curb imminent flooding in some parts of the state prone to the menace.
The Commissioner for Environment, Delta State, Hon. John Nani gave the charge during an inspection of the on-going clearing of some major canals and drains in Warri and its environs.
Hon. Nani who was accompanied on the visit by some members of the Environmental Sanitation Taskforce called on residents of the areas visited to desist from dumping refuse into waterways, warning that defaulters would be prosecuted.
The canals visited by the commissioner and his team during the inspection includes those on Jakpa Road, in Uvwie Local Government Area, Okumagba Avenue, former Globe Star along McDermott Road, Iyara and Stadium Road, Warri South Local Government Area.
The Ministry of Environment boss who defied heavy down pour to ensure that the on-going exercise achieves its desired objective, expressed disappointment over the rate at which residents of the twin cities of Effurun and Warri, dispose waste into water channels
He warned that the Delta State government under the watchful eyes of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa would not fold its hands and watch residents deface and cause problem for law abiding citizens by their unfriendly attitude to the environment, warning that stiff penalties awaits defaulters.
At the canal opposite the former Globe Star Construction Company, along McDermott Road in Warri, Hon. Nani praised the efforts of the Environmental Sanitation Taskforce whose swarm buggy was seen opening the canals.
He appealed to Deltans to cooperate with the government in her efforts to make the environment habitable, just as he solicited the assistance of residents in helping the Ministry of Environment to check flooding by desisting from practices that are unfriendly to the environment.