By Mercy Hill, Alexander Johnson Adejoh, Precious Ukeje, Adejumoke Alebiosu, Elizabeth Bassey and Ifeoma Ogbodo
The Managing Director of the Anambra State Waste Management Agency, Mr Amechi Akorah, has called on residents of Anambra State to adhere to environmental laws as provided in ASWAMA Law.
Mr Akorah made the call while he spoke during the 15th Episode of Weekend Gist with Fides Media, an interactive online programme of Fides Media, Saturday, June 5. The session was held in commemoration of the United Nations 2021 World Environment Day themed “Ecosystem Restoration”.
He said the importance of the ASWAMA Law for the residents of Anambra State could not be overemphasized, as it provided opportunity for the residents to live based on acceptable conducts concerning the disposal of waste in the state.
‘The Anambra State waste Management Law was made and signed in 2015. It was made to ensure the effective and efficient management of waste as it relates with us, as well as our environment,’ the ASWAMA boss said.
‘Individuals are expected to have a covered bin,’ he stated, adding that the law provided that Individuals should not leave their waste mismanaged. He also noted that it was mandatory for individuals to properly package their wastes and not just drop them indiscriminately.
The Anambra Waste Management chief, noted that the 2021 World Environment Day was an initiative of the United Nations, aimed at drawing attention to the environment, with total reflection on lives and activities in relation to the environment and most importantly, the need to sustain it.
In his words, ‘The World Environment Day 2021 is hosted in Pakistan; the whole world is meeting in Pakistan and deliberating on how to sustain the environment as the environment is deteriorating in terms of climate changes and human activities contributing to this effect.’
Another guest on the programme, Mr Basil Ezennaka, a final year medical student of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, COOUTH, Amaku, expressed serious concern on the health hazards prompted by mismanagement of the environment. ‘There are a thousand and one health hazards,’ he said.
Noting that there were long and short term health hazards of a degraded environment, Ezennaka said, ‘Long term health hazards in this sense are respiratory tract diseases and heart diseases; short term health hazards are diseases like pneumonia and irritation most likely.
‘Environmental health hazards which are caused by improper sewage disposal, lead to typhoid fever,’ Ezennaka added, noting that the environment, when not properly managed, and sewages not properly disposed, posed serious challenge to effective environmental management.
The guests reemphasized the need for maintenance of the environment and urged individuals to shun every act of environmental mismanagement as proper management led to environment sustainability.