The Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, is very worried that there is imminent outbreak of epidemic in Calabar owing to resurgence of mounting wastes in parts of the city.
He has expressed displeasure at the continued piling up of refuse on the streets of Calabar, the state capital.
He, therefore, called on the Cross River State Government to quickly evacuate the wastes.
The Obong in a statement signed by the chairman of the Obong of Calabar Executive Forum (OCEF), Chief Gershom Henshaw, and the secretary, Dr. Maurice Ekpeyong, described the prolonged refuse evacuation crisis in Calabar as totally unacceptable, especially for a city known globally as one of the cleanest in the country and a preferred tourism destination.
He asserted that the mounting wastes pose health danger to the public and are likely to lead to drastic reduction in tourists’ visit.
He called on the relevant government agencies to as a matter of urgency embark on immediate evacuation of the refuse.
“The refuse heaps in some areas have blocked traffic flow as well as entrances of residents to their houses, with emanating stench polluting the environment, thereby exposing the public to untold hardship and sickness.
“The OCEF called for regular, prompt and sufficient funding of the waste management agency and other relevant government agencies saddled with the responsibility of waste management in the state to reverse this ugly trend which has lingered for sometime now.”
The statement called on the public to cooperate with the government to keep the environment clean always, especially as the Christmas season is fast approaching with the expected influx of visitors into the state.
It added that environmental sanitation should be prioritized at all times for the wellbeing of the people.