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By Anita Chukwuma
Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Chief Godspower Asiuwhu, has restated the need for more collaboration with staff of the ministry.
Asiuwhu made this known while interacting with the staff in his office in Asaba, the state capital.
He said working in unity would enable them achieve the goals of the ministry and bring to fulfilment the Stronger Delta vision of the state governor.
He said the had held meetings with TAUNGYA Farmers and some oil companies which had enabled him to know their environmental challenges.
He added that the oil companies were ready to train staff of the ministry, only if the ministry could put up a strong proposal for that purpose.
He said no staff should use his office letter headed paper to sign any letter or document with his name without his knowledge and approval, adding that every document should pass through the right process and channel in the ministry.
He also appreciated the Permanent Secretary for handling the affairs of the ministry professionally.
The Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mrs Minnie Oseji, said there was the need for team work with a sense of urgency to ensure that commissioner realised his passion if pushing for the actualisation of the Stronger Delta vision.
She urged the staff to step up their committment in the discharge of their duties.
The PS said a memo for the commissioning of Nigerian Watershed Management Project, (NEWMAP) had been sent to the state governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, adding that there was the need for town hall meetings with the 12 Local Government areas affected by flood during the 2012 flooding to sensitise those living in flood prone areas to move to places of safety.
She also advised people to stop indiscriminate dumping of waste that could lead to the blockage of water ways.
According to her, there were plans to hand over and test run the integrated waste management facility for three months.
The Permanent Secretary admonished the Department of Sanitation and Waste Management to ensure the facility was functional.
She also called for vegetation control of the many weeds on the highways, adding that t tott Sapele and Agbor environs on monthly basis.
Oseji disclosed that there were plans to build curvet in flood prone areas and monitor projects approved for execution.