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It is people’s responsibility to keep their environment clean not government’s – Akorah



ANAMBRA State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA) has called on ndi Anambra to always participate in every general monthly sanitation exercise in the state.

This call was made by the Managing Director of ASWAMA, Mr. Amechi Akorah last Saturday, during November clean up sensitization and sanitation exercise in the state. According to him, the sensitisation was for people to see the need of keeping their environment clean by themselves without being persuaded or tasked to keep their surroundings clean by the agency.

“Environmental sanitation is a collective responsibility, it is not what government runs alone, government can support, supervise and monitor but people have to own the responsibility of their surroundings clean”.

Mr. Akorah said that the monthly cleanup which comes up every last Saturday of the month, was not only about washing their clothes and house chores, but also extends to people coming out to clean dirts around their homes, streets,  and business premises.

Also speaking during the exercise, the Deputy State Commandant, Nigeria Peace Corp, Patriot Obinna  Mmaduabuchi commended various organisations that participated for their turn up and compliance, which made it a successful exercise. He went further to advise ndi Anambra to always abide by the regulation of the sanitation.

“It is a continuos program, held every last Saturday of the month, from 6am to 10am. People should equally support the programme to make sure that every nook and cranny of our environment is clean because our working governor, Dr. Willie Obiano is on top of the game, making sure that our environment is clean”.

The Chairman of Red Cross, Awka Division, Mr. Smart Akpagu who participated actively with his members, while sharing his experience said that some people were  not  really doing the right thing  but because of the sensitisation by the Anambra State Government, they have started to learn the   importance of having a healthy environment.

He however lamented over the attitude of some people who fell deaf ears on proper waste disposal. He shared  one of his experiences whereby a shopkeeper in one of the markets loaded dustbins beneath the table.“When we called for the owner of the shop, the shopkeeper ran away and  we had to pack it like five times”.

Speaking shortly after the exercise, the managing director of Redivivus Industry Limited, Mr. Emeka Ajaekwu encouraged participants to continue on advocating for clean environment by enlightening them to know the proper waste disposal as they go back to their respective base.

The exercise recorded active participation of groups like Nigeria Red Cross Society, Redivivus Industry Limited, Boys Scout, Men of Order and Discipline(MOD), Girl Guides, Peace Corps, Boys Brigade, Royal Rangers and others.

MD, ASWAMA, Amechi Akorah addressing groups that came for the sanitation exercise

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