From Ngozi Omah, Awka
The Anambra state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has moved his vision for healthier and cleaner environment, to Awka, the state capital.
The policy was top on his inaugural speech promises. He had promised to introduce a complete overhaul of policy for a clean environment all over the state,beginning with Okpoko, a suburb of the key commercial city of Onitsha.
This, he stated would include clearing of wastes, de-silting and evacuation of drainage channels in the state.
Apparently satisfied with the conduct in Okpoko and Onitsha areas,Gov Soludo’s attention has now shifted to Awka, the state capital.
It was also observed that different kinds of dirt, wastes, old plastics, nylons and others were scooped from the drainages.
Residents, including shop owners in the area, commended the Governor for the exercise. They admitted they had fervently prayed for a day like this, especially as a result of the ravaging effects of flood in the area whenever it rains.
The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Engr. Felix Odimegwu said the exercise was in line with Gov Soludo’s vision and the preparedness of his administration to give Anambra State a healthier and befitting outlook; even as he also advised the citizens to also play their own parts towards making the vision a reality, especially by being law-abiding and avoiding indiscriminate dumping of refuse, and other such attitudes that may hamper the government’s efforts.
According to him, “The rains are here again, part of our obligations as Citizens is to continue to ensure that our drainages are free, flood channels are left unencumbered and wastes are properly disposed. Much as flooding is a natural disaster, we cannot deny the role of human actors in aggravating it.
“As a people, we must begin to take proactive measures in tackling some of our problems, particularly with regards to our attitude to the environment. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an important action that must precede any human endeavour geared towards altering the environment either for private or commercial purposes.
“In the past weeks, the Anambra State Government started the de-silting of blocked sewages and flood channels in selected areas of our major urban centres. We are encouraged to support the activities of government by our modest acts of cleanliness