Sapele – Residents of Sapele in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, who were trapped in their houses as a result of flood occasioned by the downpour in the last few days, have been relocating to neighbouring villages, for safety.
The mounting refuse dumps across major streets in the town is another source of worry to the residents.
Among areas, from where residents have started relocating are, Dure Numa Street, Water Street, Palmer Road, Boyo Road, Adidi Road, Owumi Road, Okpe Road and Mcpherson Road. Most of the residents, relocating also attributed their movement to the stench emitting from soaring refuse dumps scattered all over the town.
The hips of refuse dumps are increasing, despite a directive by the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, that the streets and gutters in major towns be cleared of refuse dumps.
Head of Personnel Management of Sapele Local Government Area, Mr. Olumami Oyibo, has blamed the increasing rise of refuse dumps on the contractor handling the waste disposal project in the area.
He said the contractor had failed to do his job, despite repeated reminders. But the contractor, Cypress Point Engineering Ltd, in response, blamed his poor performance on Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC, with office in Warri, which he said awarded the Sapele Waste Disposal contract to him but had refused to pay him for over seven months.
It was alleged that following non-payment, the contractor had not been able to fix his machine and trucks, which it was gathered, had broken down and needed urgent repairs.