In continuation of its enforcement exercise of the Delta State environmental laws, the Director-General of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency (DSCTDA), Hon. Mrs. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, in company of some officials of the Agency, on Tuesday put a caution tape on the premises of Ministry of Education French Language School, along Nnebisi road, Asaba, Government Veterinary Clinic, Okpanam Road Asaba, Anioma Filling Station, Okpanam Road Asaba, and two secondary schools, government-owned, for flouting environmental protection laws. The two schools affected are St. Patrick’s College, Asaba and Government Secondary School, GRA, Asaba.
The DG, who expressed displeasure at the conduct of the occupants of the premises, said the Agency had previously visited the area on numerous occasions, warning them to clean up their premises. Unfortunately, they failed to heed the warning.
On the veterinary clinic, Mrs. Mrakpor said she has been there more than three times and a notice posted on the walls of the premises proves that they had received the directive issued by the Agency, which expired on January 10, 2020.
Another disturbing sight was the premises of Anioma Filling station, whose owner became confrontational, challenging the powers of the Agency to mandate him to tidy up his unkempt premises. In particular was a defaced signpost on the setback, which he resisted officials of the Agency from removing.
Mrs. Mrakpor said, “We put a notice and a caution tape here a few months ago but they cut it off without attending to the environmental concerns. Now, we have come to seal up the premises. Nobody is above the law.”
Subsequently, the Agency proceeded to serve the business owner a court summons to appear before an environmental court on Friday, January 31, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Agency has scheduled a meeting with all business owners, occupiers and property owners within the state capital territory, to discuss matters pertaining to the environment and sanitation matters. The meeting will hold on January 31, 2020 at Oshimili South Local Government Arcade by 9a.m.
By Fortune Ngozi Onwordi