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By Chiamaka Edokwe

Awka, May 24, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Michael Okonkwo has urged the Pay Direct Waste Contractors to work with facts and figures at all times.

This he said would enable the Ministry to fish out those operating underground without government authorisation and backup.

Okonkwo who was represented by Director, Environmental Health/Pollution Control, Mrs Edith Ike made the assertion during a meeting with Pay Direct Waste Contractors at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

The commissioner expressed displeasure at the current state of the environment and urged all contractors to be up to their game.

According to him, each contractor must make payments in other to get an authorisation from the Ministry.

``The Certificate of Authorisation will serve as backup in your field activities and only five contractors have obtained it as we speak,’’ he said.

The commissioner noted that for them to make impact in their various assignments, it would be important to work with facts and figures, itemised facilities and enumerations.

``This will include compiling names, location of schools, hospitals and parks that refuse to comply with the necessary requirements,’’ he added.

Okonkwo urged the contractors to maintain good relationship with people as it would help them to solve problems and shun hostility.

On litigation process, the commissioner admitted that the Ministry would engage more legal minds to assist Mr Igwe, the Legal adviser, who could not be everywhere, at the same time.

He urged the contractors to do enumerations of their works pending when more legal personnel would be involved.

Okonkwo also pointed out the need for every contractor to get their ANSSID number from the Board of Internal Revenue as it would serve as a pointer to trace where their money was being paid to.

He cautioned those who use his name, or that of the Ministry to collect any form of tax from the people to desist from such acts.

The Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the Governor on Environment, Mrs Njideka Oraedum enjoined the contractors to compile names of registered persons through the Union.

This she said would enable the Ministry to go after those who refuse to adhere to the state government's directive.

She urged them to keep discharging their duties with or without government's notice as every good work would be rewarded directly or indirectly.

Mrs Oraedum cautioned all contractors to be mindful of their various tipper drivers and their method of disposing wastes as uncovered trunk once sighted would be heavily fined.

The SSA noted that disciplinary measures would also apply to drivers who dump waste on bush parts.

Mr Chris Anene, a Pay Direct contractor appealed to the Ministry to help to engage taskforce, who would apprehend defaulters so as to make their work easier. (MOI)