The Chairman of the Board, Mr Emmanuel Chinye, who flagged off the sensitization programme in Asaba, said it was prompted by the lukewarmness that followed the #EndSARS protest, which tended to take residents back to the old ways of handling their waste.
Mr Chinye, who was represented by the spokesperson of the Board, Mrs Kuejibola Judith, noted that bags of refuse had resurfaced on the median strips across the state capital, just as illegal dump sites which had been brought under control, were beginning to grow again, with their defacing influence on the environment.
The WMB Chairman said the focus of the sensitization programme was on avoiding indiscriminate dumping of refuse in line with extant environmental laws, adding that residents who had yet to register with the Private Sector Participants (PSPs)for the home collection of their waste were encouraged to do so in their own interest.
He revealed that the Board would be embarking on Operation Show Your PSP Receipt next week, stressing that there would be no excuse for any resident not to key into the project as enough notice had been given to both individual and corporate clients.
Mr Chinye warned that the relevant laws would be invoked on violators, insisting that the Board would not renege in the execution of its mandate of promoting the culture of cleanliness, especially as it concerned waste management.
The Board Chairman particularly spoke against the engagement of wheel barrow pushers by some residents to dispose of their waste, and advised those in the habit of doing so to desist forthwith.
The sensitization team drove through the major roads and streets in Asaba and Okpanam with public enlightenment equipment.