Adamawa State government has reiterated its determination to sanction fake waste collection outfits in the state whose activities constitute serious violations of extant laws in the state.
While decrying the activities of the fake waste managers, Mrs Arziki Sawa, the state commissioner for environment, told newsmen in Yola over the weekend that the government was fed up with the manner non-qualified parade themselves as waste managers, adding that such people do not have regard for the rules governing the collection and disposal of waste.
?Our attention has been drawn to the activities of some unqualified people parading themselves as waste managers. These people usually go round the state capital and its environs, signing contract agreements with various organisations and institutions on waste collection without following due process,? she noted.
Sawa said that such people are in the habit of indiscriminate dumping of wastes in areas not designated as waste dumping sites.
?We want to categorically tell them that government is fed up with such dangerous activity which is seriously harmful to people?s lives and the environment,? she said.
Sawa lamented that in spite of the efforts of the ministry to sanitise the waste management operations and curtail the activity of quacks, some of these elements seem hell-bent on continuing to circumvent the rules with impunity.
According to the commissioner, from 2012 to date, government has registered 17 genuine waste management outfits and uncovered more than 100 fake operators.
She explained that the government has established three designated areas as refuse dumps in the state capital and anyone caught dumping refuse outside these designated areas will be punished severely.