IN THE quest to ensure a cleaner Anambra State by Governor Chukwuma Soludo, and the reinvention of every end of month, last Saturday general environmental sanitation, the sanitation exercise was effectively carried out at the seven communities of Idemili South.
The Transition Chairman, Idemili South LGA, Amaka Obi, who was on ground with all the councilors to monitor the implementation of the sanitation exercise at major markets, parks, junctions and roads in the seven communities made the pronouncement about giving out Environmental Sanitation prizes while addressing market Presidents general, market and park leaders recently.
According to Mrs Obi, today is a great day in Anambra State. From the inception of this administration, Governor Chukwuma Soludo wants every household, market, park and our environment clean.
“The Red Cross, Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA), Anambra State Traffic Agency (ASTA), Taskforce on Markets, Parks management in ISLGA are here to enforce the sanitation.
“Vehicles were stopped during the 7am to 10am sanitation period. We entered major community markets and for instance, at Afor Nnobi and Afor Oba Markets, they complied by closing their stalls despite the fact that today is their major market day.
“Also, you could witness the filling of potholes along Nnobi/Awka-Etiti roads by ISLGA in collaboration with Iruowele Awka-Etiti youths to make the road motorable because kidnappers and hoodlums attack people when vehicles slow down.
“We have engaged a tipper which goes round daily around the seven communities ringing bell for people to bring out their neatly tied refuse sacks for proper disposal.
Moreso, Mrs. Amaka Obi said that prizes would be given to the cleanest community, market, park regularly to serve as motivation while sanctions would be meted to those who still empty refuse into the drainage or avoid sanitation exercise.
“We have intimated the presidents’ general, markets and parks management about the prizes for cleanliness. The supervisory councilors for works and environment have set up a committee with those assigned for oversight function to determine the cleanest community and market.
“ISLGA has awakened to the fact that it is no longer business as usual. A solution governor who matches his words with action has come on board as an answer to the prayers of ndi Anambra,” said Mrs Obi.
However, Awka-Etiti Improvement Union Market Master, Samuel Mbadugha called on adequate sanctions to be given to sanitation defaulters to serve as a deterrent to others, saying that cleanliness is next to godliness.