Not long ago this paper ran an editorial condemning the defacement of the state’s environment by un-evacuated refuse. It called on the agency saddled with the task of evacuating the refuse to sit up and do its job.
As a follow up to the call, the paper interviewed the Managing Director of the Anambra State Waste Management Agency, ASWAMA, Mr Amaechi Akora, who promised to not only rid the state capital and environs of garbage but to do so before September this year.
As we enter the month of September, Fides observes that the agency has been making conscious efforts to live up to its promise. Indeed, some parts of the capital city where refuse heaps had accumulated are now witnessing regular evacuation of the said refuse, a sure sign that genuine efforts are being made to clear the state capital of refuse.
But despite the best efforts of the agency to do its job, there are still signs that such efforts need to be redoubled in order to achieve the required success as some areas still witness piles of un-evacuated refuse.
The agency has to ensure that all areas affected are reached and that the refuse in those places are regularly evacuated.
We understand that the agency is constrained in its work by logistics. This is where the state government should come in by ensuring that adequate funds are made available to the agency to fight and win the war against refuse and thus avert a possible hazard to people’s health.
We are happy that the will to do that is there, as is so far being demonstrated by the agency. That is very critical in the success of any venture. Since the will is there, it is easy to move forward.
We however acknowledge that the success of this war needs the cooperation of everybody, not just ASWAMA and other concerned agencies of government. To this end, people should learn how to dispose their waste properly, both in the home and in public places they should avoid dumping refuse on road dividdes. Receptacles meant for the dumping of refuse must be used for such, rather than people dumping such refuse outside and around those receptacles.
Concerned government agencies should equally come up with sanctions against defaulters after ensuring that receptacles are adequately provided. When and if the citizenry see that government is committed to doing her part in the business of waste management and evacuation, we are certain that the public will reciprocate.
For now, however, we want to commend ASWAMA on the encouraging steps being taken, while we quickly remind it that the battle has only just begun.