Fri. Jul 12th, 2024


The Abia State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Philemon Asonye Ogbonna has harped on the need for Abians to imbibe the culture of environmental cleanliness and personal hygiene.

To this end, he has called on the critical stakeholders to partner with the government and educate the citizens, visitors and residents on the need to be passionate about their environment and proper hygiene.

Interacting with a cross section of journalists shortly after monitoring the month of June environmental sanitation exercise in Umuahia, the state capital, Mr. Ogbonna who also harped on the importance of proper waste disposal and environmental stewardship in promoting public health and improving the State’s aesthetic appeal, maintained that everyone must take responsibility of immediate environment, as household or corporate body.

The Commissioner who tasked Abians to embrace the concept of commitment towards the monthly sanitation exercise, aimed at improving  their overall well being  of all, also called on motor parks, operating within Isi-gate area to partner with his ministry to achieve the state government’s goal on environmental sanitation in the state.

He applauded the efforts of Sarkin Hausa, Alhaji Danladi Yaro geared towards ensuring that there was an improvement at Eket street -Isi-gate axis in Umuahia and encouraged him not to relent but to help the government to overtake States like Cross River and Lagos in terms of environmental cleanliness.

Speaking respectively, the Chairman House Committee on Environment and Member representing Ohafia South State Constituency, Hon. Kalu Mba Nwoke; the Deputy General Manager of Abia State Environmental Protection Agency, ASEPA Umuahia zone Catechist Ambrose Jonah; the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Prof. Ijeoma Iheukwumere; and Hon. Anthony Amah, expressed delight that majority of the people are impressively participating in the monthly environmental sanitation exercise, an indicator that Abia is marching forward.

They appreciated the level of collaboration existing among the key players in the environment sector as well as appreciated the level of compliance recorded during the exercise.

Interacting with our correspondent respectively at Orie ugba market, the Chief Whip of Umuahia North legislative Council, Hon. Ifeanyi Onuegbu and chairman Orie ugba market task force, Mr. Stanley Lewechi, appreciated the level of compliance recorded in the market and advised some erring traders not to sale or display their goods during the time mapped out for the exercise.

They disclosed that about two pay-loaders were assigned to cart away refuse generated from the market during the exercise.


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