GOVERNOR Willie Obiano has described the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade as one of the best things that has happened to Anambra State.
Governor Obiano, who was speaking through his Chief of Staff, Chief Primus Odili, on the occasion of the passing out of course one of OCHA Brigade Taekwando Team at the brigade headquarters in Awka, assured the brigade of the state government’s support to enable it perform its duties optimally.
He commended the vision of the new Managing Director and Superintendent General of the brigade, Mr Pat Chiezugo Obiefuna, in creating zonal co-coordinators for OCHA Brigade and expressed optimism that his staff will brace up for the enormous task ahead and work assiduously in keeping Anambra State clean and healthy, even as he enjoined them to make their presence felt across the state.
Governor Willie Obiano called for total decentralisation of the brigade to enable each segment carry out its duties more effectively, stressing that the OCHA Brigade has the enormous responsibility of decongesting the roads, maintaining order in the markets and ensuring general cleanliness of our cities.
He remarked that from what is seen at the Taekwando Team passing out parade and from the operations of the OCHA Brigade and the innovations introduced by the brigade’s chief executive, he has no doubt that the brigade will bounce back and discharge its functions creditably.
The governor also commended the eight-member Taekwando Team for exhibiting discipline and seriousness during their training and for showing their preparedness to exhibit self-defence mechanism when needed in the performance of their duties.
In his address, Managing Director and Superintendent General of the brigade, Pat Obiefuna, told the gathering that OCHA Brigade has been involved in combat operations against in-disciplinary behaviours in market places, on the streets and at public facilities.
Mr Obiefuna pointed out that the brigade is currently taking stock and undergoing a period of self-appraisal to be better repositioned for the greater task ahead.
He charged members of the Taekwando team to apply all techniques to keep on improving themselves in order to contend with whatever threats that may come their way in the discharge of their duties.
The OCHA Brigade Boss said the five-week training that produced the team that passed out was just the first in the series of such trainings his staff would undergo and commended Governor Obiano for his support to the brigade, pointing out that such support has given them great encouragement and created for them a level playing ground to do their work effectively, just as he lauded the training officer, Mr. Augustine Uzochukwu Olisama, for his untiring efforts to see that the eight member Taekwando Team passed out.
He warned against indiscipline and all other professional misconducts among the team and entire staff of the brigade, adding that the Obiano administration has zero tolerance for such untoward behaviours.
He expressed surprise that in spite of the brigade’s synergy and sensitization with the public, some individuals still mar the good image of the state by blocking the highways and roads, and causing obstructions in the markets, and warned such individuals to retreat or face the wrath of his brigade for according to him, OCHA Brigade will take all necessary measures to ensure that Anambra State roads are free from traffic gridlock, and its markets devoid of unnecessary congestion.
The passing out parade featured a display of self-defence mechanisms where the eight member team showed how prepared they are to disarm those who go contrary to the rules of orderliness and decency.
Present at the passing out ceremony were the Head of Service, Mr. Harry Udu, Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Dr Christian Madubuko, DSP Murtala Mudi, representing the Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, the MD, Physical Planning Board, Chike Maduekwe and representatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, the Anambra Traffic Management Agency (ATMA) and Sir Jude Emecheta, among others.