The Prosperity Administration of Senator Douye Diri has assured Bayelsans of government commitment in the creation of employment opportunities and wealth to the teeming youths of the state.
The state government stated that it has interfaced with foreign waste management companies to come into Bayelsa to build recycling plant to curb the menace of waste littering in the state.
The Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Iselema Gbaranbiri disclosed this in an interview with newsmen held at his office in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital. He noted that when the recycling plant finally established in Bayelsa, it will raise revenue generation and ensure clean and healthier state.
On the issue of littering and perennial floodings, the State Commissioner of Environment said the state government has set up committee to ensure that the state is free from flooding and littering of waste products, saying “I have been into Obogoro community three times in respect of coastal erosion and flooding.
“They have lost school building, school fields, residential buildings. The problem there was an old river between the two communities and there was division of current flow”.
He further said government will enact law regulating the activities of escavagers that causes littering of wastes, noting that govenrment has inaugurated taskforce to enforce law against street trading by some traders in the metropolitan city.
His words; “Let me assure you that we are trying to turn waste to wealth. The plan is for a foreign partner to come in and build waste recycling plant. The waste recycling plant will give our youths employment opportunity; that will make our youths to be off the street, and they will be busy working in the facility.
“We are born with perennial flooding but not this abnormal magnitude. Yenagoa has been cleaned and free from waste which causes flood. From the time, the Prosperity government took over the helm of affairs, Yenagoa has been quite clean to ensure relief and safe environment, that has been done.
“Bayelsa government has set up committee to ensure flood free environment and the Vice-Chancellor of Niger Delta University is leading the committee which preliminary report has been submitted, and the state executive council deem it fit to appoint executive to interface with the NDU committee, and I am the chairman.
“The dredging of sandlands is compounding the erosion and flooding in Famgbe and Obogoro communities. We will arrest the dredger dredging sand in those communities if he continues. We have given them directive to that effect”, he stated.