…Warns over unauthorized dumping of refuse
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has listed the Government approved dumpsites in Onitsha metropolis and other satellite towns around the commercial city.
The state approved dump sites are to be located at Owerri Road and Creek Road all in Onitsha.
Other dump sites are NkwelleEzunaka dumpsite in Oyi Local Government Area, UgwuAkpati Road in Nnewi North Local Government Area and the Ring Road dumpsite in Awka.
A press statement signed by Head, Public Relations /Media, Ministry of Environment, Emmanuel Ifesinachi noted that the Governor made the announcement when he inspected the evacuation of 30 year old waste dump in Onitsha.
He urged the people of the State to make effective use of the designated dump sites, warning that any person or group caught dumping waste outside the approved sites would be apprehended and punished severely.
“The state government would no longer tolerate unacceptable sanitation habit or the behaviour of indiscriminate dumping waste, including dumping refuse in gutters and other unauthorized places in the State” the statement noted.
The state governor through the statement disclosed that, the Government had opened up discussions with interested and investment partners with the aim of reaching understanding for the take-off of “waste to wealth” programme of the state.
He stated that what informed his decision to relocate the 30 year old Okpoko refuse dump was the population density of the community and consequently the health hazard it posed to the people of the area.
He praised the Okpoko Community for their patience and resilience, and commended their outstanding support and solidarity to his political party and Government, assuring them that the area would be beautified and the land recovered as a result of the evacuation exercise will be put into effective use by erecting Government structures for the benefit of the people of the State.
Chief Obiano renewed his call for a clean Anambra State, saying that soon personal hygiene and best public health practices would be an integral part of the school curriculum as part of the effort to raise sanitary consciousness of the people.
He encouraged the people of the State to dispose their waste appropriately, insisting that Anambra State would eventually emerge the cleanest State in Nigeria but with the cooperation of the people of the state.
He reiterated its resolve to spare nothing in its effort to enthrone an enviable standard personal hygiene and environmental sanitation that would promote public health in Anambra State and improve general wellbeing of the people of the State.
Earlier in his own speech, the Commissioner for Environment, Chief EvaristUba lamented that past administrations in the State had neglected the plight of the people of Okpoko, and the need to evacuate the refuse dump that had been a source of health danger to the people of the area.
Chief Uba praised the State Governor for finding it worthy to direct and approved resources for the removal of the waste dump, stating that the articulated programme of action of his Ministry would help tremendously to raise the standard of cleanliness in Anambra State.
In his vote of thanks, a community leader and the member representing Ogbaru in the State House of Assembly, Honourable Benson Nwawulu appreciated the State Governor and his team for being responsive to the aspirations of the people by removing the old long refuse dump and construction of Ogbuagu Road.
Hon Nwawulu reminded the Governor of his promise to improve the lives of the people of Okpoko and requested the State Government to elevate the Health Centre in Okpoko to the status of a general hospital.
The honourable member assured the Governor that the Community would continue to support the State Government as part of their contribution to the good of Anambra.