Delta to set up environmental sanitation task force

By Gabriel Elozino

Delta State Government has approved the setting up of Environmental Sanitation Task Force to enhance the cleanliness of the State. This was part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Secretary to State Government(SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah, at Government House, Asaba.

In a post-Exco briefing, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said Exco directed the Ministry of Justice to harmonize all existing laws on environmental sanitation.

“We examined quite a number of issues bordering on the development of our people and we started by taking a look at a report by a committee chaired by the deputy governor that was mandated to look into issues of environmental sanitation in Delta.

“In the course of that report, we felt that there is a need to have a State Environmental Task Force that would be charged with the responsibility of coordinating a number of agencies, saddled with the responsibilities of keeping our environment clean.

“The committee also recommended that there is need to harmonise existing laws that regulate issues bordering on sanitising our environment, all in a view to making our environment clean. Another key recommendation in that report is the need for us to continue to plant trees along our different roads that will help beautify the environment and add value to our ecosystem.

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“The Ministry of Justice has been mandated to look at the existing laws and harmonise them, possibly recommend amendments where necessary so that at the end of the day, we would have a cleaner Delta State,” he said.

Aniagwu also said Exco approved the review of the Ughelli/Asaba dualisation project from N20 billion to N23 billion to fastrack early completion of the project. He said the review became necessary following the galloping inflation in prices of construction materials and increase in the scope of works on the job.

Mr Aniagwu outlined other roads that received upward review to include Alizomor/Alizor/Omumu Road in Ika South from N1.4billion to N2.2billion, Elume Road in Sapele Local Government Area from N1.5billion to N2.7billion. Others, according to him, were the bridge across Ethiope River in Umusume Quarters, Obiaruku, Ukwuani Local Government Area from N2.3billion to N3.8billion, flood control project at Sapele Waterboard Road in Oghara in Ethiope West from N494 million to N667 million and Esama Internal Road in Bomadi.

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