By Magnus Ibe
The new State General Manager of Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO), Sir Alex Emeziem has admonished Imolites and residents to embrace the new philosophy of the nascent Governor Emeka Ihedioha regime on propagating hygiene, cleanliness and environmental aesthetics of the state so as to promote the beauty of the state by planting flowers and trees and shun improper disposal of waste to avoid diseases that may emanate there from.
He disclosed this while addressing select group of Journalists during a facility visitation around the state capital on Friday June 21st 2019. According to him, “Go Green, Stay Clean” is a concerted efforts of the State Government geared towards keeping the state clean by planting flowers and ornamental trees at strategic locations so as to beautify the state capital and recover its loss glory; promotion of cleanliness which he described as close to Godliness and propagation of lofty health ideals through proper waste management
He condemned the despicable conduct of dumping refuse with reckless abandon. He warned that offenders will be met with the full weight of the law. According to him, the state has employed about “600 road sweepers who receive emoluments not lesser than the new minimum wage. Sir Emeziem the new ENTRACO General Manager unfolded plan by the agency to embark on what he described as “door to door refuge collection” by staff of the Agency at regular intervals. He also canvassed for tagging off refuse.
According to him, the task of keeping the state “Green and clean” should involve everyone and all tiers of government as outbreak of diseases from dirty environment does not discriminate. He sued for public awareness and promised to give the outfit a human face. He promised to partner necessary agencies towards effective disposal of wastes; beautification of the Owerri Capital city and the various Local Governments as models of good environments should be concern of all.
The ENTRACO General Manager disclosed that the State Government has inaugurated a committee which has 10 days mandate to provide solution to blocked drainages and obstructions on channels that enhance water flow. He promised to close illegal motor parks which litter the state capital. He cautioned that the agency will step on toes, hence he need to sensitize the people against the practice of establishing diverse business outfits at undesignated areas. He promised to give the new ENTRACO a human face as opposed to what obtained during the tenure of the last regime.
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