Ochendo by-pass, a major road in Umuahia, named after the former governor of Abia state, Senator Theodore Orji, is gradually becoming a permanent dump site posing a environmental threat and health hazard to environs as it gradually creeps to the Abia state secretariat building .
The road which is at Umuahia, the Abia state links to the popular Umudike Road.
Candidreporters.com gathered that it has become the custom of the residents of the vicinity to regularly dump refuse from the entrance of the road to the Abia state secretariat building, a practice which has lingered for years.
It is very obvious that the Abia state Environmental Protection Agency, ASEPA has lost ideas and tactics of putting an end to the huge embarrassment this culture of dumping refuse on the road is causing to the state capital.
Apart from the environmental hazards the littering and dumping of refuse will cause in the environment, it can also lead to outbreak of epidemic in the area which will escalate to residents of the city.
Thus, it is pertinent that ASEPA takes a decisive move to regularly police the area because if offenders are brought to book, it will deter others from doing same.
One may also wonder what went wrong with ASEPA’ arrangement of picking refuse from house to house?
A stitch in time saves nine!