Following heavy flooding witnessed in Umuahia and Aba towns when it rains, residents have been advised not to dispose of solid wastes inside drainages or flood whenever it is raining.
Umuahia, the capital city and Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State have been witnessing pockets of flooding since the rainy season commenced this year and this has forced environmentalists to suggest that these two cities may witness high flooding as the year progresses.
Speaking to newsmen on Monday, on the backdrop of this development, the Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Abia State chapter, Town Planner Stephen Chukwudi Nwazue, has charged residents of Aba and Umuahia to refrain from dumping solid wastes inside the drainage channels, stating that whenever there is heavy downpour, major streets and market areas, are littered with dirt.
He said solid wastes like plastics, bottles, condemned clothes among others, block the drainages, thereby causing heavy flooding as well as overflow of flood into residences, stressing that this is not encouraging.
Tpl Nwazue, noted that as Town Planners, they are poised to ensure that there is habitable and aesthetically fit environment, adding that the activities of these enemies of habitable environment has further led to the defacing of the cities as refuse litter everywhere.
He urged residents of the State to dispose of their refuse at designated waste bins provided by the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA), pointing out that this will ensure the towns are clean for habitation.
Tpl Nwazue, also called on the State Government to ensure they set up a crack team, that will ensure blocking of drainages is stemmed while defaulters are dealt with to serve as deterrent to others.