ANAMBRA State Government has approved the creation of Environmental Health and Sanitation Department to entrench the ‘Dobe Anambra Ocha’ Policy.
The department, which was created from the pool of environmental health workers in the 21 local governments of the state previously under the Ministry of Health received her official status at the office of the Head of Service.
The Head of Service, Harry Udu while making the pronouncement to the members of the health association charged them to see the vision which prompted the governor, Chief Willie Obiano to grant them a epartment.
Udu further urged them to ensure the new status translates to effective performance and actualization of their mandate.
He then assured them of full cooperation and support from other ministries and agencies.
In his remark, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Obi Nwankwo, urged the Environmental Health Department to key in strongly into the ‘Dobe Anambra Ocha’ Policy, noting that the policy is a permanent one.
Mr. Nwankwo advised the workers to see the project as their baby. In his words: “I want you people to take this as your baby because that is the only way we are taking cleanliness back to our families which is the whole essence of the ‘Dobe Anambra Ocha” policy.
Mr. Obi called on the heads to sit and articulate laws which would be discussed and passed through the Attorney-General to help in the actualization of enhanced results.
He then encouraged the officers to avoid the urge for extortion and to discharge their legal duties honourably.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Mr. Uche Okafor pointed out the need for synergy between the new department and the Ministry of Environment describing this as the only way to achieve sustainability.
Mr. Okafor noted that when the environment is clean, the government would have lesser job to do and governance becomes smoother.
He then urged them to come out from redundancy now that the governor has given them room to function meticulously under their new department.
Contributing, the Chairman, Local Government Commission, Dr. Peter Egenti rejoiced with health officers at their new status while saluting the wisdom of Governor Obiano and his State Executive Council in creating a Sanitation Department in the state.
Egenti however pointed out the need to create a clear path for the new agency and sister agencies in the state to avoid overlapping operations.
In his vote of thanks, the president, Environmental Health Officers, Anambra state, Mr. Abadoned Moses N. thanked the governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano for granting them the opportunity to serve better in the society.
Mr. Abadoned then promised that the officers were ready to work effectively and collaborate with other parastatals for a cleaner and healthier Anambra state.