Refuse take over Kaduna streets

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese & Christy Alabi, Kaduna

Ma­jor streets in Kaduna have been over­taken by heaps of refuse one week af­ter con­trac­tors re­spon­si­ble for dis­pos­ing refuse in the state cap­i­tal sus­pended work.

The state gov­ern­ment our cor­re­spon­dents learnt, with­held pay­ment to con­trac­tors re­spon­si­ble for clear­ing wastes in the me­trop­o­lis due to lack of sat­is­fac­tion with the qual­ity of work done.

A meet­ing be­tween gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and the con­trac­tors which held last week Tues­day, was dead­locked as both sides could not reach a com­pro­mise which made the con­trac­tors to with­draw their ser­vice pend­ing pay­ment for the work they have done.

Our cor­re­spon­dents ob­served that res­i­dents have been com­pelled to leave their wastes in the open and at ev­ery point they find con­ve­nient.

Mo­torists and other road users have to cover their noses while ply­ing ma­jor streets to avoid the stench from the heaps.

In Kawo, our cor­re­spon­dents ob­served that res­i­dents now throw their rub­bish be­side the road while no ef­fort has been made to pack the wastes since the con­trac­tors went on strike.

A Kawo res­i­dent told our cor­re­spon­dent that the wastes were usu­ally left at des­ig­nated points for the trucks to clear the next morn­ing.

At Bar­nawa near the com­plex, the refuse has even moved to the cen­ter of the road as peo­ple keep throw­ing their wastes in ar­eas not hith­erto cov­ered by refuse.

The sit­u­a­tion our cor­re­spon­dents ob­serve is no bet­ter in ar­eas like Badarawa es­pe­cially be­hind the court of ap­peal and in Waff road where the heap has grown quite big.

The com­mis­sioner of en­vi­ron­ment could not be reached for com­ments but an of­fi­cial in the min­istry when con­tacted, con­firmed that the heaps of refuse have to do with the strike by the con­trac­tors.

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