Wednesday, 17 January 2018

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FG Initiates Campaign Against Indiscriminate Dumping Of Solid Waste – Official

The Federal Ministry of Environment says it is embarking on a massive campaign against indiscriminate dumping of solid waste in the country.

The Deputy Director, Department of Erosion, Flood and Coastal Management of the Ministry, Mr Uche Egwuatu said this in an interview with Newsmen on Tuesday, August 1, in Abuja.

Mr Egwuatu said that the mandate of his department was to execute projects and programmes aimed at sensitising the citizens to the myriad dangers of indiscriminate dumping of solid waste.

He said that the unwholesome habit of dumping waste indiscriminately had caused flooding in parts of the country, and it is the mandate of the Ministry to go ahead, whether there are rains or not, to implement projects and programmes that will stem the incidence of a flood.

Mr Egwuatu said that the Ministry was prepared to tackle the recurrent menace of flood as the rainy season sets in, adding that the Ministry appropriate budgetary provisions, and undertake civil works to execute the channelization of waterways.

The Deputy Director said that the Ministry had developed an information dissemination system on potential floods tagged “Flood Early Warning System”, targeting the commissioners of environment of the 36 States of the federation.

Mr Egwuatu added that the “Flood Early Warning System’’ had recorded many feats, as it had kept the environment free from flooding in recent times.