Akwa Ibom State government has declared war against indiscriminate disposal of waste and has accordingly set up a task force to apprehend defaulters.
Governor Udom Emmanuel announced this while flagging off the state monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise at Ibom Plaza, Uyo.
He observed that clean environment determines the well being of it citizens and that Akwa Ibom people are known for their exceptional cleanliness.
Governor Emmanuel called on the people to uphold the core values that are inherent in them.
The governor stated that a perfect waste disposal policy must be implemented in view of the industrialisation drive of his administration and directed the Heath Commissioner Dr. Dorminic Ukpong to liaise with the relevant ministries and identity appropriate waste disposal point for disposal of human, medical and industrial waste.
He used the occasion to draw the attention of people erecting structures near the ravine stating that they are risking lives and property and called on the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Renewal to senitise people on building regulations.
The Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Dr. Iniobong Essien, said that the ministry has declared war against dirty environment and called for the protection of environment for the safety of lives and property.
This, Dr. Essien said is to justify the status of the state as a model for cleanliness and development.
He commended the governor’s vision of reintroducing the sanitation exercise and thanked him for participating in it flat off. Highpoint of the exercise was the symbolic sweeping of the road and removal of debris from gutter by Governor Emmanuel.

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