HOW to make Imo State the cleanest and healthiest has caught the attention of the State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, who said that his administration will sustain policies and programmes that will drive that desire.
Leading by example Saturday, Ihedioha, during the monthly sanitation exercise in Owerri, implored residents to sustain their commitment to the exercise.
In a statement by the his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Chibuike Onyeukwu, the governor stressed the health benefits of a clean environment and noted that it could attract investors into the state.
He commended the residents for participating in the exercise and told them to sustain “the renewed spirit of keeping their environment clean.’’
The governor also commended the Ikedi Ohakim led Sanitation Committee for a “job well done’’ and assured that the exercise would continue to receive the necessary support of his administration.
Ihedioha promised to bring the end flooding in the state, noting that plans to tackle the menace were already in place.
“I am happy that from the reports we are getting across the state, this exercise is a huge success and we urge everyone to continue in this renewed spirit.
“We understand the importance of a clean environment; aside the health benefits, it encourages commercial activities.
“The commitment that has been demonstrated by our people gladdens my heart; we are also working towards tackling the flooding in Owerri and other parts of the state.”
The Chairman of the Imo State Planning, Sensitization and Implementation Committee on the Cleanup and Sanitation, Ohakim, expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with the exercise.
Ohakim, a former governor of Imo, said the present government has shown capacity to rebuild the state and promised that more work will be done to recover the environment once the rains stopped.
He disclosed that there is a “Governor’s Prize’’ in the offing to reward hard work and commitment to the exercise.
According to reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the General Manager of Imo Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO), Alex Emeziem, expressed great delight at the level of success the exercise recorded across the state.
He reiterated the state’s commitment to sustaining the exercise for the overall good of the people.