The member for Nsit Ubium State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly has called for the relocation of the dump site along Uyo Village Road in view of the health hazard it poses to residents of Uyo metropolis.
In a motion brought before the House during plenary recently, Mr Otobong Bob noted that global best practices and environmental experts recommend that landfills and dumpsite should be located far away from city centres and residential areas to prevent leakages into the soil, sources of water and air.
Bob, a lawyer and chairman, House Committee on Rules, Business, Ethics and Privileges in a motion brought to the House in pursuant to Order III Rule 1 of the Standing Orders of the Assembly noted that the dump site in reference violated all the above mentioned requirements.
He pointed out that all categories of waste are dumped at the site without control, adding that it included organic, solid, semi solid and decomposed waste from hospitals, among others.
The lawmaker maintained that the dumpsite oozes stench which pollutes the air around its environs including Government House, Uyo Local Government Council Secretariat, the Judiciary Headquarters, high courts in the neighbourhood, the 'A' Division of the Nigeria Police Force and other such facilities within Wellington Bassey Way and the adjoining streets.
He observed that rain water washes the dumpsite down into the stream, a source of drinking water flowing down from the ravine to Nduetong Oku Village and the surrounding communities.
Bob posited that the dumpsite was a nuisance, an eyesore and a social embarrassment that defiles the aesthetics of the state capital.
The lawmaker submitted that there was need to engage the services of experts to manage wastes in partnership with the agency established for that purpose in line with global best practices, a situation which could turn waste to economic gain, income and employment generating venture.
He appealed to Gov Udom Emmanuel to order for the immediate removal and relocation of the dumpsite from Uyo Village Road and that the government should engage the services of waste management experts to manage waste in Uyo and other urban centres in the state in partnership with the state government under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) and under the supervision of relevant body set up for that purpose.
The speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey, referred the motion to the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources for further legislative action and to report back in one month.