Environment ministry declares emergency on waste management in Anambra
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query_builder July 3, 2019 18:15:41

By Chukwuka Ugokwe/Chukwudi Nwauba

Awka, July 3, 2019 (MOI) In a bid to ensure environment-friendly status, Anambra State Government has declared state emergency in waste management and all forms of challenges militating against environmental sanitation in the state.

To achieve the desired results, it has also officially flagged-off `Anambra State Environmental Action Campaign’, with theme: ``Dobe Anambra Ocha’’.

Commissioner for Environment, Mr Obi Nwankwo, told a news conference at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka, that the ministry had itemised short and long term objectives to facilitate waste management.

According to him, machineries have been installed to drive the process including increased effort at waste collection.

He added that efforts would be intensified toward enlightenment as well as citizen education in waste disposal and management.

``Rest assured that there will be remarkable difference in environmental care and waste management in the state by the time we fully activate our plans,’’ he said.

The commissioner added that the ministry would partner ministries, waste management bodies in state with considerable good records in the field, to understudy and implement the various models.

He, then, urged residents to comply with state waste management law to complement effort being made by government to keep the Anambra clean and healthy.

``People should cut grasses in offices and homes, bag and dump wastes in designated areas and maintain waste bins in homes and offices,’’ Mr Nwankwo said.

 While soliciting for support of relevant stakeholders, reminded Ndi Anambra to settle their sanitation and waste management fees promptly.

Mr Anthony Odiegwu, Director, Environment and Ecology, said that Government, through the ministry had demonstrated enough political will to sustain the campaign.

He commended government for flagging-off the campaign to keep the state clean, stressing that under the campaign, `house to house’ sanitary inspection would be re-introduced.

Secretary, Environmental Health Workers Registration Council of Nigeria, Mr Donald Ikechukwu, pledged to assist in providing support services to government to actualise the set objective.

``We are promising Government that we are going to participate fully in order to ensure that the aim is achieved. We are keying into the campaign fully.’’ (MOI)