AS IT continues to record success in environmental sanitation of public spaces, the recently launched operation-keep-Anambra-clean campaign has moved to neighbourhoods and residences in its second phase.
Environmental Health Officers attached to the programme were seen issuing notices of nuisance abatement to households that violated sanitation laws of Anambra State.
Speaking to newsmen in Awka, Anambra State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Obi Nwankwo disclosed that enforcement exercise followed expiration of grace periods earlier extended to defaulters by the Ministry.
According to him, the state has committed scarce resources in awareness creation and sensitisation of residents to enable them imbibe environmental cleanliness and hygiene.
“We launched Operation Dobe Anambra Ọcha, the environmental action campaign almost a month ago. We have been on several media platforms canvassing for our people to live clean and healthy lifestyles. We had roadshows in several towns in the three senatorial zones in the state preaching the same message. Now is the time for enforcement because the task of keeping our environment clean is not only a call to duty but one that concerns us all,” Nwankwo said.
Also speaking, a leader of one of the campaign task force team in Awka, Mr. Francis Igwah said that there is no going back with the ongoing enforcement.
“We have been warning people to clean up their environment, while some heeded and did the needful; some others were nonchalant or aloof. Our men are going round the state now to enforce the sanitation laws.
We are carrying out the mandate given to us by Gov. Willie Obiano to make Anambra cleanest state in Nigeria,” he said.
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