Port Harcourt -The Rivers Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) on Friday said it would partner with multinational companies operating in the state to achieve a clean environment.
Mr Felix Obuah, the Sole Administrator of the agency, said this in a statement issued by his media adviser, Mr Jerry Needam, after a meeting with representatives of the companies in Port Harcourt.
The statement quoted Obuah as seeking greater cooperation from the companies to boost the agency’s crusade for a cleaner state and enhanced pollution free environment.
Obuah, who gave an assurance that the agency would improve on its services, however, said companies seeking exemption permit from the monthly sanitation exercise would pay the specified fees and give two weeks notice.
He said the synergy between RIWAMA and the companies underscored the importance placed on the organisations in the state by Gov. Nyesom Wike.
Obuah urged the representatives of the various organisations to do the needful to enable the agency sustain its social responsibility of quality service.
He said the meeting was necessary to intimate the companies on the mode of operation of the agency and to express the governor’s appreciation of their importance.
‘’Gov. Wike is aware of your challenges and that is why we want to remove all the bottlenecks to make things easier and also make life more meaningful for you.
‘’You are indispensable to the state because you are source of employment and the state generates a quantum of its revenue from you,’’ he said.
Obuah, however, frowned at the reluctance of some the companies to support the monthly sanitation exercise by donating vehicles and other equipment.
He thanked oil giant, Mobil, for its support while urging the companies to beware of fake waste managers. (NAN)