NEBBI. The residents of Nebbi municipal council have raised concern over accumulated garbage in the main market which they say is causing health hazards for the business community within and outside the municipality.
Speaking to West Nile Web on Friday, Mr Michael Alirach, a cobbler at the main market said the garbage heaps in and around the market have not been collected for the past two weeks thus making life very difficult for them.
He noted that at the moment, life is really very hard and unbearable because of the bad stench and the swarm of flies that often emanate from the heaps of garbage.
“We are living in a terrible condition as if we are in a lagoon. The smell that comes from the garbage is so irritating that it has affected our customer turn up since most of them are now avoiding the bad smell in this area,” Alirach said.
He urged the municipal authority to come to their aid by collecting the garbage which has put their health at risk.
Mr Michael Onega, a fruit vendor in the market also said as traders, they have tried to talk to the council authority about the accumulated garbage but to date, they haven’t got any response in regard to the outcry.
However, one of the municipal garbage collectors who spoke on condition of anonymity said although the municipality has enough human resource for cabbage collection, there is a need for its officials to manage the ever-increasing garbage by acquiring more garbage equipment like garbage trucks if the challenge is to be addressed.
When contacted, the mayor Nebbi municipal council, Mr Geoffrey Ngiriker admitted that the council is still facing the challenge of garbage management due to the continued break down of trucks and tractors used for that purpose.
“As Nebbi municipality council, we are facing the challenge of garbage collection simply because the municipality has only one old garbage tractor that is operating in all the three divisions”, Ngiriker said.
He continued “We currently need at least shs4 million to repair one of the tractors that was since grounded but the money is not there”.
Ngiriker said much as the council spends over shs50 million annually on garbage collection, they have not yet given up on ensuring that the cleanness of the municipality is improved.
He assured the business fraternity of the municipality's commitment to good hygiene and providing a better working environment for all by addressing most of the main challenges in the town.