Friday, 10 June 2016

Warri Weekly Vol. 7: Warri Is Not Dirty part two

Benjamin Disraeli said – Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things you must cultivate a taste for them.

Not until we begin to feel the weight of the shame of our dirty actions, we cannot begin to think nor do what’s right for the city by cleaning it up. We cannot bring back the original beauty of Mother Nature but we can savage what’s left of her with hygienic practices.

Writing or reading about the filthiness in our city is not going to cure or stop this disease from spreading but a deliberate effort in getting rid of unsightly presence is a fine way to start.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led government, has the first responsibility to keep the city safe and clean by providing public litter bins and making available public dumpsite with recycling initiatives.

Secondly, put in more efforts on environmental Saturdays, by enforcing more stringent penalties for defaulting and illegal dumpsites.

Encourage more schemes that will manually or mechanically clean up the city, either by sweeping footpaths or cleaning gutters.

And lastly government should find a way to subsidize or work with refuse disposal companies to reduce cost and make them more efficient.

While the government has her roles to play, we as citizens are enamored with major responsibilities.

Join the campaign to keep Warri clean by doing the following.

1. Do not throw cans or used sachets on the road, if you are inside a bus or car drop it inside and dispose properly.

2. Do not defecate or wee on streets, if there’s a fast food close by, use it.

3. Try and grow plants or flowers around your surroundings.

4. Use dustbin properly and close after use.

5. Respect public property by not painting, defacing them.

6. Pay your taxes so government has money for projects like waste management.

7. Employ the services of professional waste management firm.

8. Teach your children good hygiene and don’t be found wanting.

9. Do not dump waste by the road side, in water or gutters etc.

10. Leave a comment of other ways to keep Warri Clean, tell someone about the campaign, tweet or post on facebook with the hashtag #KeepingWarriClean

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