Obuah also said RIWAMA under his management has not been collecting any form of revenue from residents and companies in the state and has wholly relied on the prudent use of the money allocated to the Agency monthly from the state government.
He also disclosed that RIWAMA has been able to establish three other functional dumpsites in the State to add to the only functional one he met when he assumed office in 2015.
Bro Obuah spoke while hosting the team from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources led by the Commissioner, Dr. Peter Medee.
The team was in his office to seek his support for it’s Waste to Power project.
“It’s also worthy of mention that on assumption of office, we inherited only one functional dumpsite from the previous administration situated at Rumuolumeni close to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, which was later abandoned following complaints and pressure from the university authorities about the disturbing effects of the dumpsite close to them,“ he said.
Bro Obuah declared;
“Challenged by this, we upped our game and today, we have been able to establish three other functional dumpsites in the State. For efficiency and easy monitoring of waste evacuation by our Service Providers, we divided Port Harcourt into zones among these Service Providers and RIWAMA remains on record as the first in the country to develop an APP for monitoring of wastes.”
On the proposed waste to power project, Bro Felix Obuah said it was a nice idea but was quick to point out that it was not the first time such proposal was being presented to the Agency.
He said some in the past, had claimed to be experts in the field and used that as a ploy to secure Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and property from the State Government, and later abandon the project without recourse to the State Government.
Bro Obuah hoped this would be an exception and promised to lend his support and weight to see that it was a success.
The State Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Dr. Peter Medee who led the delegation said the whole idea was on ‘recycling wastes generated in the State into energy resource’, which in turn will create wealth and employment for Rivers people.