By Mercy Hill
Anambra State Ministry of Environment has stormed Eke Awka to enforce the state environmental law as the state observed the July edition of the compulsory monthly sanitation exercise.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Engineer Felix Odimegwu, alongside some members of the state executive council, market leaders, civil society organizations, security operatives, among other stakeholders, went round the state to monitor compliance and also to say declare that enough was enough with the indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Defaulters were also tried for non-compliance to the environmental law.
At the popular Eke Awka Market, it was witnessed that all shops were under lock and key. Traders at the market were also involved in ensuring that their surroundings were kept clean.
The Eke Awka Market previously known for Indiscriminate dumping of waste and unauthorized parking of vehicles was on a standstill for the duration of the sanitation exercise.
Speaking at Eke-Awka Market, the Chairman, Anambra State Waste Management Authority, Mr. Mike Ozoemena, revealed that the agency would station its task force along all markets to ensure sustainability and orderliness in the state, even as he wondered why people used refuse as flowers. He asked all stakeholders to show interest, as well as lead the campaign for a better society.
The national president of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions, Barrister Titus Akpudo, who said the first assessment of a city was that of a clean environment, said the town unions would follow the example set by Professor Soludo in ensuring that the desired state was achieved, even as he assured that the sanitation exercise would always start from the communities.
The Transition Committee Chairman of Awka South, Mr. Thank God Aniagor, promised that under his watch, the council would sustain all directives for the improvement of all.