The Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, Bro Felix Obuah has condemned unwarranted arrest, detention and attacks on Service Providers, working with the Agency.
Bro Felix Obuah in a statement by its Media Adviser,Jerry Nedam explained that the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike during a live radio programme in Port Harcourt on Monday last week, two days before the commencement of the total lockdown in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas, unambiguously stated that Service Providers working with the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), are on ESSENTIAL SERVICE of keeping the State clean, and should therefore be accorded unhindered access to all roads and streets in the State to evacuate wastes and continue to keep Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, and its environs clean.
The statement disclose that Bro Obuah notes with sadness that in spite of the Governor’s clear directive, Service Providers working with the Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA, carrying out daily evacuation of wastes from the streets and roads of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital and its environs have been on many occasions attacked, subjected to severe beaten, wounded by some locals and, in some cases arrested, detained and their operational vehicles impounded by security agencies.
According to the RIWAMA Boss,amongst many cases, some locals on Sunday May 10, 2020 along Eliozu Road, before Depper Life Bible Church, close to Adamack Company, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, under the guise of Community COVID-19 Enforcement Team attacked one of our Service Providers and his staff, beat them to stupor and inflicted deep cuts on their heads and bodies, with machetes.
“Those wounded are all critically lying in the hospital”.
“In view of the foregoing therefore, the Sole Administrator, Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA wishes to inform the general public, particularly the law enforcement agencies, and the community boys who are masquerading are COVID-19 Enforcement Teams, that Service Providers working with RIWAMA are under those on essential services and are covered by the pronouncement of the Governor that they are authorized to do their work without any obstruction”.
“Services Providers working with the Rivers State Waste Management Agency, RIWAMA which are authorized to do their daily work of evacuating refuse in the State should be allowed to do their work without any arrest, attack, molestation and or restrictions”.
Bro Obuah maintained that wastes evacuation at this time of COVID-19 pandemic is key for the overall health condition of all those living and doing business in the State, therefore they should be encouraged to do their work, and not to attack, arrest and wound them, as we have witnessed in the past 6 days.
Bro Obuah added that that the Agency has reported those arrest and attacks on its Service Providers to the Governor of Rivers State, law enforcement agencies, the Chairmen of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas.