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Soludo flags off renewed ‘last Saturday sanitation’ exercise

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…Engages 31 contractors for waste disposal

ANAMBRA State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, on Saturday, flagged off the renewed last Saturday of the month sanitisation exercise in the state, where he literally packed wastes with shovels for evacuation.

  Governor Soludo, while performing the symbolic flag off of the exercise at the Eke Awka Market, said the state government is reactivating the end-of-month sanitation with renewed vigour, with the ultimate goal of achieving a cleaner, greener, and healthier environment.

  The governor, who performed drainage desilting at the market, also flagged off the door-to-door system of waste collection in the state.

  He further charged ndi Anambra to imbibe the habit of clearing up their environment, including the drainage system in front of their residents, shops and offices, for a cleaner, greener and healthier state.

  Also speaking, the Commissioner for Environment, Felix Odimegwu frowned at the rate of indiscriminate dumping of refuse observed in various markets and among the residents, which he noted, sabotages and jeopardises the government’s efforts to clean up the state.

  While charging the residents to regularly keep their environments neat, he also underscored the importance of participating in the end-of-month sanitation exercise, as the government would not hesitate to punish any defaulter in accordance with the provisions of law.

  In a vote of thanks, the Chairman of Eke Awka Market, Chief Jude Agummadu appreciated the governor for commencing the exercise from the market. He also assured that the market leadership and the traders will accord his administration the highest support, especially in the area of maintaining clean and healthy environment.

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  Present at the event were the deputy governor, Dr. Onyekachi Ibezim; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, among other top government functionaries.

  In a related development, Governor Chukwuma Soludo said, his administration has engaged the services of 31 contractors to keep the state clean.

  Mr Soludo made the disclosure in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, in Awka, on Saturday.

  he state.The governor directed that there should be comprehensive sanitation in all the 21 Local Government Areas of t

  He said the exercise was part of his administration’s determination to ensure a hygienic and healthy environment as well as the wellness of residents.

  He stated his administration would continue to sensitise people on the need to keep to their social responsibilities adding that “cleanliness is next to godliness”.

  The governor further hinted that in the coming days, his administration’s urban renewal plans would be achieved in line with global best practices.

  “31 contractors have been engaged in Anambra to help keep the state clean. Traders in markets need to bag their waste and dispose of them in designated areas, “ he explained.

  “Those who trade on the roads should desist from it and go into the markets,” he stated.

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