In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, Obuah said that the warning was necessary following serious injuries sustained by a RIWAMA service provider attacked by suspected Hausa youths around the Slaughter Area of Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt last week.
Obuah said that the injured service provider was attacked by youths suspected to Northern extraction while he was evacuating refuses at the Slaughter area last week.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator said this action was regrettable as the Agency had stressed the need for residents to cooperate with service providers who mostly carry out their job at nights. He recalled that the Agency had recently issued a warning against indiscriminate dumping of refuse especially at the middle of the road, adding that the Agency had threatened to arrest and prosecute defaulters at the Sanitation Court.
Obuah condemned the unprovoked attack on the service providers,saying, “Our Northern brothers were expected to live peaceably with us and obey the laws of the land”. The RIWAMA warned that any further attack on service providers carrying out their duties would not be accepted adding that the full weight of the law would be unleashed on anyone caught in the act.
Obuah reiterated that RIWAMA’s sole purpose was to serve the residents in the state and called on them to keep their environment and surroundings clean at all time.