Governor Soludo Launches Anambra Drainage Desiliting Campaign And Operation

By Chinwe Onuigbo, Awka

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Anambra State Governor, Professor  Charles Soludo, has launched the Anambra drainage desilting campaign and operation towards making Anambra the cleanest state in Nigeria.

The campaign kicked off at the Ochanja market in Onitsha South Local Government Council of the state, on Friday.

While addressing the traders and residents gathered in large numbers to witness the event, Governor Soludo stated that his visit to the Ochanja market was to inspect the level of waste debris in the market. He recalled cleaning up the area last year but regretted the reappearance of waste after the rains.

According to the Governor, Anambra and Ochanja must be clean. He stated that adequate planning will be made to properly channel flooding.

Ineffective plans

The Governor revealed that previous plans under past governments to address flooding issues were ineffective. He lamented the fact that some vendors sell on the streets and willfully dump their waste in the gutters thereby clogging the drainages.

We are launching a programme today to create a clean and sustainable Anambra. The rainy season has arrived, and we are here to help with this recurring issue.

Anambra people are not known for filth! The air pollution being emitted is hazardous and can cause illness in the body. A trader who inhales polluted odours for up to 8 hours a day stands the risk of being ill.

“As a government, we have a duty to fulfil. The Ochanja market, to which the entire world comes to trade, is filthy. We will clean up the waste, and all of the gutters will be clean so that water can flow properly without flooding,” Soludo said.

Shops built across gutters must be demolished! All traders who used plywood to cover their gutters should remove it for massive desilting.

“Anyone who fails to do so and the government does it for them will be fined. We are beginning the operations today and redirecting all waters to the Niger River” the Governor said.


Illegal levies

The traders informed the Governor that illegal levies are collected by the Chairman of the Ochanja market.

The Governor subsequently barred anyone from collecting levies from the traders again.

He also stated that traders must come out once a week between the hours of 8 am to 10 am to clean up before opening the markets for trading.

The Governor further restrained them from dumping solid waste in the gutters, which clogs the drainage systems.

Cleanest State

The Governor reiterated that under his watch, Anambra will emerge as the cleanest state in Nigeria if all work towards it.

He also encouraged them to plant trees affirming that green is the colour of life, claiming that the planting of trees will allow them to breathe clean, natural air.

Soludo used the medium to summon all touts to leave Onitsha right away.
The Governor emphasized that touting is not a vocation. He added that a special task force has been formed to get rid of touts and restore sanity back into the system

Soludo stated that if the people are determined to see touts leave Onitsha for good, they will, and the government will greatly assist them in doing so.

In a vote of thanks, Reverend Father Christian Onuekwusi thanked the Governor on behalf of the people of Onitsha South for coming to Ochanja to launch this campaign, which he described as an outstanding move. He prayed for the Governor’s success in all his endeavours.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Secretary to State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, Commissioner for Environment, Felix Odimegwu, amongst others were also at the event.




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