Ministry of Environment, Beautification & Ecology
Greater attention has been paid in the last two years by the Obiano Administration towards achieving a cleaner environment. Conscious of the fact that Anambra State is a densely populated commercial hub where great amounts of industrial trash, scrap metals, out-door litter, medical and solid waste abound, the state government has within the period of review created a long term functional strategy to manage, recycle, evacuate and maintain a viable integrated solid waste management system that will effectively check death-prone environmental hazards.
02. Environmental Sanitation
Consequently, government has procured modern solid waste handling and evacuation equipment including motorized bins, plastic receptacles, waste bags and other refuse evacuation materials to
ensure proper disposal of refuse particularly in major commercial Centre of Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka. Government has also created new waste dump sites and successfully put in motion a system of monitoring waste managers. Recently, the state government apart from maintaining waste bins in homes and business places has also bought brand new coaster vehicles to convey newly employed roads/street sweepers from one point of duty to another.
Altogether, 150 road sweepers/gutter cleaners were employed by the state government in 2015 to help keep major roads, streets and gutters clean and healthy. These are in addition to the regular clean up exercise that is observed in the state at the end of every month.
Because education is a major component in litter prevention and solid waste prevention, the state government through the Ministry of Environment, the State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA) and the Ministry of Information and Communication Strategy embarked upon behavioral sensitization and public enlightenment as a means of achieving individual responsibility for a cleaner environment.
The State Government is also mindful of the perennial menace of soil erosion in the state. The swift response to the gully erosion that recently cut off the Nkpor junction of the Onitsha-Enugu express way is an indication of the State Government’s prompt approach to environmental issues in the state. Massive recovery work is also on-going to put an end to the huge widening gully site in Abagana, Njikoka Local Government Council Area.
Under the administration of the present Governor of Anambra State, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, the following landmarks have been achieved.
- Disappearance of mountainous heaps of refuse from all nooks and crannies
- Prompt and continuous collection of refuse from different areas in the State with proper disposal in designated scenes, executed with renewed vigor utilizing standard procedures.
There is a close synergy among all the Local Government councils on one hand and between the Local Governments and the critical Ministries and Agencies of Anambra State, mainly Ministry of Environment and Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA).
Outside the collection and disposal process, is the creation of work opportunities for the cleaners, street sweepers, drivers and mechanics.