Abia Environment Commissioner Commends Residents For Active Participation During Sanitation Exercise

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Abia residents have been commended as the Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise for this month witnessed impressive compliance.

Abia State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Philemon Ogbonna made the commendation in Umuahia while answering questions from newsmen shortly after monitoring the October environmental sanitation exercise on Saturday.

Mr. Ogbonna expressed enthusiasm that the exercise witnessed a huge improvement from last month’s own. He revealed that this month’s sanitation was facilitated by the grouping and fielding of environmental health officers who extended their monitoring to many other parts of Umuahia alongside Staff of the Ministry. Residents of the State Capital also took part in sweeping their surroundings and removing debris from the drainages.

The State Commissioner encouraged all to continue the tempo of cleanliness restating that the Governor’s mantra has been “Abia Must Work” and “Abia Must be Clean”. He noted that the present administration has not relented in ensuring that all parts of the State are kept clean.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Transport, Comrade Sunny Onwunma, enjoined operators of motor parks to participate fully in the exercise as cleanliness is for the good of all, reemphasizing that a clean environment promotes business.

Comrade Onwunma, declared that any transport company found operating within the stipulated time would face the full weight of the law. Adding that plans are on top gear to decongest the Isi gate axis of Umuahia.

Responding to whether the motor parks comply with the Friday clean up in parks. He advised the parks to partake on Friday and still participate on Saturday.

Contributing, the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Chief Kalu Mba Nwoke, called on all to join the present government in her efforts in keeping the State clean, disclosing that the environmental sanitation was instituted for all to imbibe good sanitary practices.

Continuing, a member of the House Committee on Environment, Mr. Matthias Umeh and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Environment, Prof. Ijeoma Iheukwumere advised residents to assist the State government’s efforts in sustaining the cleanliness of the State Capital.

Chioma Alex-Chikezie
Director of Information Ministry of Environment.

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