…the clean, green and sustainable revolution kick off from Ochanja market
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State will on Friday flag-off the clean, green and sustainable revolution in Onitsha, commercial city of the State.
Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu who disclosed this in a statement, said the programme, to kick off from Ochanja market, is aimed at turning the state into liveable, pleasurable and prosperous destination of choice.
He said the old way of observing sanitation day and allowing refuse revert back to streets and gutters would become history while open dumping of refuse would be anathema in the State after the exercise.
Nwosu added that the exercise would be extended to the 21 local governments and 181 communities of the State following day with Deputy Governor, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim driving the charge.
The statement partly reads, “With the effective launch of the clean, green and sustainable environment programme, it shall no longer be business as usual in Anambra State.
“The old way of just observing a sanitation day and letting refuse revert back to the streets and gutters will become a thing of the past.
“The open dumping of refuse will now be anathema in Anambra State. The earlier impunity of keeping the environment dirty will fizzle out for good.
“Now that proper waste management is on the front burner in the sustainable clean and green operation, it is incumbent on all Ndi-Anambra to hold fast to the great dictum that states: “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
“There is in effect zero tolerance for flagrant dumping of refuse in Anambra State. The clearing and evacuation of clogged gutters will be undertaken with gusto to alleviate the concomitant danger of the offensive odour oozing from the gutters that may lead to the outbreak of diseases.
“The erstwhile eyesore of heaping mountains of refuse in the major streets of cities like Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia has of course been done away with for good.
“The significant improvement in refuse evacuation in the state makes it crucial for Ndi-Anambra across board to pay the requisite fees promptly.
“Desilting is imperative to clear the sand and mud clogging the highways and gutters through the flooding waters of the rainy season.
“The sustainable clean and green initiative by Governor Soludo will entail the planting of trees to maintain an unpolluted environment. The planted trees will go a long way in staving off erosion that is a clear and present danger to Anambra State.
Incidentally, Anambra State has the smallest land mass amongst the states of Nigeria, with the exception of Lagos State. But then, while Lagos State is gaining more land through the reclamation of the ocean, Anambra State is losing its land to erosion.
“It is through the greening of the environment through massive tree planting that Anambra State can win the battle with erosion that is depleting all the land.
“Sustaining the clean and green ecosystem will kill off pollution that is a great danger in the cities of Anambra State such as Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka, Ekwulobia etc.
“The Anambra clean and green initiative will in due cause gain sustainability through planting trees by increasing the green areas, proper disposal of waste of every kind, checking the emission of vehicular gases, and removing plastics from wanton circulation etc.
“By conserving natural vegetation, trees, natural resources, and water, Anambra State will, as Governor Soludo had promised, become a liveable, pleasurable and prosperous homeland.”