OBI of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Saturday, has flagged off the August edition of the monthly sanitation exercise as part of efforts to ensure all round participation in the exercise.
The event attracted members of National Youth Council of Nigeria, National Youth Service Corps, the Transition Committee Chairmen for Onitsha North and South Local Government Areas, industrialists, traders, residents as well as stakeholders in the community.
Igwe Achebe thanked the state government for the commitment and priority placed on the environment, promising that he will mobilise the residents of the commercial city, Onitsha community to key into the lofty vision of government.
Igwe Achebe, represented by Chief Sam Chidebelu while breaking the kola nut, prayed for good health for the state citizenry underscoring that it is only achievable through maintaining proper hygiene and asked that all should participate so as not to be penalized.
For the Commissioner for Environment, Felix Odimegwu, more emphasis should be placed on evacuating drainages especially in markets, residential areas and tasked the Transition Committee Chairmen of the area to drive the move which has primarily been kicked off by the Governor Chukwuma Soludo in Awka, showing the priority the state government places in the environment.
He noted that going forward, the ministry will monitor all local government areas to ensure compliance in all communities.
Speaking, the chairman, Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA) Board, Dr. Emma Ezenwaji said that the flag off in Onitsha is important as the town is known for its great impact both in industrialisation, trade and commerce and revealed that the team of ASWAMA has commenced inauguration of ASWAMA task force to ensure attitudinal change among the people, especially the disbanding of open refuse disposal at all parts of the state and commended the people of Onitsha for their immediate support and assistance.
Managing Director of ASWAMA, Mr. Mike Ozoemena said that since the kick off of the exercise by the governor, the agency has inaugurated waste management officers in all the local government areas and wards and asked the committees to establish good work relationship with waste management contractors to ensure regular evacuation of refuse that have necessitated the house to house pick up of wastes.
Transition Committee Chairman for Onitsha North, Mr. Onochie Ozoma assured that the council area had before now mapped out different areas to intensify the drive, promising that Onitsha will raise the bar in cleanliness as will be involve everyone in the process.