The rats are having a field day in Calabar City. The rodents have been fattening themselves up instead of the people, they are the only ones who are anything like content with the current PDP led government in Cross River State.
The fat rats have been the beneficiaries of a govt led by a man that is ignorant of the public-health threat of this disgusting sight. It’s about time this Governor takes his Gucci glass off so he can see with a clear eyes.
The garbage in Calabar and its environment is like a bomb waiting to explode. It is a breeding ground for so many diseases,” said one local resident.
Many Calabar residents depend on wells for their drinking water, and the trash in the streets contributes to the contamination of the city’s groundwater.
The residents, who expressed their fears to newsmen yesterday, said the refuse had piled up in the state capital, especially in Parliament/Akai axis, Ikot Ishie area, State Housing Estate, Marian Market and Chamley area of the city.
Mr. Umoh Edem, who resides in Akai Street, said the heaps of refuse along the street had become a source of concern to the people, adding “this is very disgusting and the authorities concerned should please evacuate them.”
Mrs Grace Umanah, a trader at Marian Market, said the stench from the refuse in the market had become worrisome, saying it could lead to outbreak of cholera or other diseases. She said: “With the rain that has set in, the dump is becoming an eyesore.
Government should, please, do something urgently to avoid possible epidemic.” An environmentalist, Mr. Edward Ayuk, described the emergence of heaps of refuse in the city as dangerous to the health of the residents. He said: “It is not healthy for the residents, especially now that the rainy season is beginning.
Apart from polluting the environment, it breeds flies and other vectors that spread diseases.” However, an official of Calabar Urban Development Agency, CUDA, Mr. Willam Henshaw, said that the agency was doing its best to evacuate the refuse.
Henshaw said CUDA was constrained by inadequate trucks to perform as expected. “We do not have enough trucks for now, but we are working everyday and all the areas will be taken care of,” he added.”
*Additional reporting by Vanguard News
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